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There Are Times To Spend In
I am your host Christina Farris I am coming live from
turtle30cshell.com. Today we are going to talk about
extravagances. Even Jesus seen a time of when money is
spent even when it would be more noted to give to the
poor. There is nothing wrong with having money or
wealth and to enjoy it, but there is time and place to enjoy
and a time and a place to give. There is time and place to
receive. Jesus not a man of wealth, but a teacher, a
Savior, a healer, the only begotten Son of God and a
living sacrifice for mankind. Christ came to Bethany to be
with his friend, he had raised from the dead name
Lazarus. Martha served the tables and Mary anointed the
feet of Jesus. Judas Iscariot got angry because he felt
the perfume could have been sold and the money given to
the poor and Jesus rebuked him. Let us read today’s
John 12:1-11 KJV
(1) Then Jesus six days before the passover came to
Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom
he raised from the dead.
(2) There they made him a supper; and Martha served:
but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
(3) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard,
very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his
feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour
of the ointment.
(4) Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot,
Simon's son, which should betray him,
(5) Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred
pence, and given to the poor?
(6) This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but
because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what
was put therein.
(7) Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my
burying hath she kept this.
(8) For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have
(9) Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was
there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that
they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from
(10) But the chief priests consulted that they might put
Lazarus also to death;
(11) Because that by reason of him many of the Jews
went away, and believed on Jesus.
The act of Jesus feet being anointed was symbolic it was
preparation of his body for burial. Yet Mary perhaps at
this point understood it not. Yet with Jesus words she
knew. She had wept tears that cover Jesus feet a form of
mourning. After all in last weeks lesson we realize one
man would die for the nation for the high Priest had
spoken it. Jesus was consider there target. No doubt this
was not a secret among the people. People were ready to
rally around Jesus. Ready to storm Jerusalem and take
the palace. Let us continue today’s passage.
John 12:12-19 KJV
(12) On the next day much people that were come to the
feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to
(13) Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet
him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that
cometh in the name of the Lord.
(14) And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat
thereon; as it is written,
(15) Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh,
sitting on an ass's colt.
(16) These things understood not his disciples at the
first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered
they that these things were written of him, and that they
had done these things unto him.
(17) The people therefore that was with him when he
called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the
dead, bare record.
(18) For this cause the people also met him, for that they
heard that he had done this miracle.
(19) The Pharisees therefore said among themselves,
Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is
gone after him.
The palm branches a sign of the coronation and the cry
that said Behold thy king cometh riding on an ass‘s colt.
The coronation given by the people. This caused the
Pharisees to be angry. Afraid that if word leaked out to
the Romans that the people had elected Jesus as king it
would cause the wrath of the government to come down
on them. In their view people had gone mad after him for
Lazarus was raised from the dead. A king that could heal,
a king that could raise the dead, was what they wanted.
Life everlasting. Yet they understood not that Christ
would not be taking the throne. They understood not that
Jesus would have to die. The feast would continue and
many would want to meet Jesus because of the raising of
Lazarus. Some Greeks were present and came to worship
at the feast.
John 12:20-33 KJV
(20) And there were certain Greeks among them that
came up to worship at the feast:
(21) The same came therefore to Philip, which was of
Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we
would see Jesus.
(22) Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew
and Philip tell Jesus.
(23) And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is
come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
(24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat
fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die,
it bringeth forth much fruit.
(25) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth
his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
(26) If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I
am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me,
him will my Father honour.
(27) Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say?
Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I
unto this hour.
(28) Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice
from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will
glorify it again.
(29) The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it,
said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
(30) Jesus answered and said, This voice came not
because of me, but for your sakes.
(31) Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the
prince of this world be cast out.
(32) And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all
men unto me.
(33) This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Jesus began to explain about sacrifice. How for the fact
unless a corn of wheat dies, it can not bring forth much
fruit. He was explaining his death would bring forth fruit.
See when something is planted in the ground it springs
up and grows. Christ resurrection would bring forth fruit
in abundance. It would draw even more to Him, after all
Lazarus had risen from the grave and many had sought
him out. Those that watched Brave Heart the movie
knows not until the heroine William Wallace wife died did
he lead a the Scottish against England King Edward I. A
revolt to unify the people. Another example is the way
World War I started with the killing of the Archduke Franz
Ferdinand of Austria. The icing on the cake so to speak.
I think one of the chief concern with death of someone
that sparks a war is that it is about vengeance and not
necessarily the fight of freedom. The fight of Freedom is
something worth fighting for. It is like 911 causing
Americans to take a stand and say no more enough is
enough. There were many reason for the Gulf War just
like the Civil War. It was not fought over just gas and fuel,
but freedom of people. Civil War fuel by the death of John
Brown an Abolitionist who died by hanging at Harper
Ferry Virginia for freeing the slaves.
What one must decide if battle is worth the lives of so
many people. Jesus believed in his case it was but He
would rise again. None of the other example I gave did
they rise from the tomb in the physical sense. Making
their death a massacre of innocent lives or victory to get
rid of evil leaders. It makes no since to kill for whatever
reason, yet despite all else it cause people to take a
stand. Christ death and resurrection would cause a
spiritual war that would lead to physical fight. A fight
worthy to bring peace to all nations. A peace that would
never end. Yet the thing that not realized by many not
until Christ return’s will peace be realized. Until that time
we can hope that our testimony of love without revenge,
unless threaten will not be waged with violence. If
attacked one has the right to fight back. Yet the disciples
of Jesus began fighting with words and not swords. Paul
being a living example of sacrifice of dealing with
persecution, stoning, beatings, and imprisonment to
spread the gospel of love. As Christians we still fight with
love and not swords. Governmentally our nation fights
with what ever tactic deems necessary to promote peace
around the world. To promote freedom. Yet tru5h
freedom only comes through Christ. Because Christ
freedom comes through love. If you got someone
shooting at you that not love. You got someone battering
you that not love.
Lightening occurred and God spoke and testified and
said I will glorify and glorify it again this speaking of
Jesus name. The Word of God would be glorified and
would continue to be glorified. For Christ died for all
mankind not just one person. He died for all mankind’s
sin. One innocent blood shed for many. That He would
lead all to Him. Son of man would have to be lifted up to
draw thousand to Him. This plot by the Jews would work
in God’s favor. For God was not going to allow the death
of His Son to end there but continue with the resurrection
so all people would know of His love for them. If Christ
had remained in the grave, no one would be able to speak
to God. God wrath and anger would of burnt upon us. Yet
Christ on the cross said, “Father forgive them for they
know not what they do.” the act of forgiveness a mighty
love not by grace of human ability but by the grace of
God’s ability through His Son.
John 12:34-43 KJV
(34) The people answered him, We have heard out of the
law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou,
The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of
(35) Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the
light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness
come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth
not whither he goeth.
(36) While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may
be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and
departed, and did hide himself from them.
(37) But though he had done so many miracles before
them, yet they believed not on him:
(38) That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be
fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our
report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been
(39) Therefore they could not believe, because that
Esaias said again,
(40) He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart;
that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand
with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
(41) These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory,
and spake of him.
(42) Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many
believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did
not confess him, lest they should be put out of the
(43) For they loved the praise of men more than the
praise of God.
Christ law abides forever that law is love. Jesus being the
Word of God in the flesh, being born of a virgin was born
in the flesh as a man, so He was both Son of Man and
Son of God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit the word going
forth as God had decreed on Mary that she would have a
child. Yet there are those that believe not and only have
the light while they can see but in the night the plot
devilish plot to destroy the innocent. Though good things
happen in the day and evil does come forth in the daytime
as well as the night, goodness can only come with law of
Christ which is love and forgiveness. However the
Pharisees were so concern about their own hide that care
little about Jesus so they plotted to kill him. Not realize
the mercy of God was about to come because of their
blindness because they could not see that Jesus was the
John 12:44-50 KJV
(44) Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me,
believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
(45) And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
(46) I am come a light into the world, that whosoever
believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
(47) And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I
judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to
save the world.
(48) He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words,
hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken,
the same shall judge him in the last day.
(49) For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father
which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I
should say, and what I should speak.
(50) And I know that his commandment is life everlasting:
whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said
unto me, so I speak.
If you believe in Jesus you must believe in God the
Father, why because God sent Jesus to save the world.
He speaks what the Father tells him to speak. Most
ministers do that, if they love God. They try to say what
God speaks to them about, though sometimes humanity
creeps in. Jesus though spoke exactly what God told Him
to say. Did exactly what God said to do. For He was the
Word of God in the flesh. He could do nothing more or
less because of who He was and is. Who do you believe
Jesus is? You decide the decision is yours. You might
not have next week or tomorrow so decide today.
However God mercy is great, so begin praying help my
unbelief Lord for He will show you the way.
Let us pray Dear Heavenly Father help those who need to
make decisions of who Christ is. Let this be a time of
saying yes Lord I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose
again so I could have a new life. I receive you as Lord and
Savior. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
The time to spend on abundance was preparation for the
greatest gift given to all mankind. The gift of abundance
was for hope of eternal life. Eternal life with Jesus. For all
the wrong we ever did was forgiven with the words of
Christ, “forgive them for I know not what they do” when
Christ was on the cross. Abundance spent for the road
ahead so all people the poor, the rich, the middle class
and all those in between would have eternal life. The
understanding of the most precious gift called faith. If
you prayed with me and believed what you prayed you
are saved. Visit my site there is help in the Bible Study
section for New Christians. www.turtle30cshell.com May
God bless you with today’s message.