This Holy Mystery of Jesus’ Love

There is a holy mystery surrounding Jesus' love.

Blinded by tears, a woman brushed past the men in the room, desperate to reach Jesus. Gasps filled the air. Whispers reflected the scorn on each face. Religious leaders cast their judgment through cold, hard stares.

But she pressed on.

The woman was no longer affected by their jeers of condemnation, for she had been touched by Jesus, forgiven and set free by the wonder of His great love.

I am forever grateful for Jesus' love.
I am forever grateful for Jesus’ love.

In her hands she carried an alabaster box filled with expensive perfumed oil. When her eyes met the eyes of Jesus, she held the gaze. Tears brimmed, then overflowed. She fell weeping to His feet in humble adoration — liquid love and gratitude falling and washing the dust away. She wiped his feet dry with her hair, all the while murmurs of disgust sounded around her.

But then came her offering.

The sweet aroma of praise.

 

 

The woman broke the seal on her alabaster box and began anointing Jesus’ feet with the magnificent oil. Oh! The fragrance. The cost as she poured out her love on the feet of Jesus.

Disapproval jabbed at her from the men in the room. “The waste!” they cried.

But, as CeCe Winans sings in her song The Alabaster Box, perhaps the woman’s response was, “You were not there the night Jesus found me. You did not feel what I felt when He wrapped His love around me. ”

Through Jesus' love I've been set free.
Through Jesus’ love I’ve been set free.

She had been forgiven. Set free. Restored.

She had been redeemed.

This holy mystery of Jesus’ love is for all who will partake. I am a life that has been changed. My heart overflows with gratitude to the One who loves me. Some days I can barely breathe when I think of what He has brought me through — when I think of His tenderness in the midst of suffocating pain from my broken heart.

… When I think of His sacrifice that I might live.

Oh that I would shamelessly fall at the Savior’s feet and pour out my love to Him — my gratitude and praise. Shamelessly. With full abandon.

Will you join me? Will you take a moment to remember when You first felt the wonder of His love, the power of His forgiveness, the refuge of His arms?

Amazing, isn’t He? Simply amazing.

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Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@nanjones.com The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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  1. Will you join me? Will you take a moment to remember when You first felt the wonder of His love, the power of His forgiveness, the refuge of His arms?

    Yes, when I close my eyes and remember back to that day, I am in awe. It is simply and gratefully amazing. 🙂

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