What Is Jesus “Worth”?

In life we are constantly making value judgments, deciding what something is worth. Is the toy worth the price? Is the dress worth the price? Are the shoes worth the price? We have an object we are interested in, and we make a judgment as to whether or not it is worth the price we have to pay. We do this all the time…of course if you do this too much you might need credit counseling…but anyway…

What is Jesus “worth” to you? In Mark 13, we have an interesting encounter between a woman and Jesus. Let’s read verses 3-6: And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.

Seems a little extravagant doesn’t it? Three hundred denarii was an entire year’s wages. That would be like someone in Union County spending $50,000 on oil poured on Jesus. But notice that Jesus accepts the offering doesn’t He?  He says, “She has done a good work for Me.”   What is Jesus worth to you? I find this to be a pretty convicting question. He seems to demand everything I have…at the minimum a willingness on my part to give Him everything that He asks for. Intellectually I would say Jesus is “worth it all” but practically speaking do I live that way…or do I reserve the majority of “all” for “me”? That is a question for each of us to consider…and if you don’t like your answer…consider increasing the “worth” of Jesus in your life.


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