What’s that Smell ?
Icebreaker – What kind of Smells can you remember ? Flowers, Freshly cut grass, ground coffee ?
What memories go with those smells ?
Read Luke 7:36-50.
Simon : Simon has invited Jesus over, but done none of the things one would normally do for a guest. This is like bowling into a marae without a welcome. It’s rude. Why is simon inviting him over and bring rude do you think ?
When the perfume is poured – Simon’s response is all facts and judgement. What does he think a prophet should do ? When Jesus tells his story about debtors, which one is Simon ?
The Woman: the woman who is a sinner, cries, uses her tears to wash Jesus’ feet, and her hair (read 1 cor 11:15 to see how long hair was valued at the time). And then perfumes his feet.
She says nothing – and Jesus Jesus forgives her . Why ? What does Jesus say she has shown him ?
Jesus : Will pour out his life, will cry, will pour out his blood for the forgiveness of sins. Understands sacrifice. Show great love.
What about us ?
Imagine you had a year off, what would you do that could be an offering to Jesus?
Think creatively, don’t worry about constraints, dream a little.
What if it was a month ?
(Note many of us get a month off each year as leave)
Think about this last week ? How did it smell ? What kind of actions did you do that were an offering to Jesus ? What might have stinketh a little ?
What could you do this week that would be a sweet smelling offering to Jesus ? Look at your week with more detail