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Our Double Immortality

Our Double Immortality

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MARK xiv: 2-.
MARK xiv: 2-.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 31, 2014
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OUR DOUBLE IMMORTALITY BY FREDERICK LYNCH " And being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious ; and she brake the box and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made ? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said. Let her alone ; why trouble ye her ? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you al-ways, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good : but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could : she is come beforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you. Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her."— MARK xiv: 2-g. THIS beautiful incident of the anointing of Jesus came near the close of His life. He leaves Jerusalem to spend these last hours
in Bethany. While here He is the guest of Simon at supper. A woman who has in some way been helped by Him, and loves Him with a great love, hears of His being in Bethany and seeks Him out. Perhaps she had heard of the impending death. But in some way she must show her devotion. So while Jesus and His disciples are reclining at supper, Mary comes quietly in and pours the costly ointment over the head of Jesus. Sometimes a comment on a deed betrays character as almost nothing else. Here several phases of character are at once revealed in the remarks called out by this deed. Some said she was forward and should be reprimanded and put out ; others were indignant that so much costly perfume should be wasted. It might have been used for the poor. Jesus, i6i 1 62 The Enlargement of Life
comment is this: "Trouble her not. She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor will be always with you and you can help them when you will, but I shall not long be with you. She has followed the promptings of her heart and shown her love in the only way she knew — indeed she has truly anointed My body for the burying. Verily I say unto you, where-soever this gospel shall be preached through-out the whole world, this also that she has done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. It would be interesting to stop and look at several of the truths brought out in this con-versation ; but I want now to dwell on the last and most beautiful verse. However, there is one truth that stands out so prominently and is so suggestive of a good train of thought for some quiet hour, that it is worth noticing as we pass it. This is it : we should go back to mo-tives in our judgment of any deed. Sometimes the motive may be of more importance than the actual deed. The motive may put an en-

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