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THE CONTRASTING ODOR OF LOVE AND HATRED, #660

Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. (JOH 12:7).

Hypocrites are often the most religious people of all, having hearts filled with bitterness and hatred, where a person who truly possesses grace will have a heart burning with love and self-sacrifice.

The chief priests were the religious people of Jesus' day. Their plot to take Jesus was successful through the instrumentality of another hypocrite from the inner circle of the twelve servants of Christ. Judas made a show of wanting to have the money of that spikenard given to him so that he could pretend to give it to the poor. When he was reproved, his heart was laid naked before Christ. His response was to avenge himself. Love and hatred distinguish the righteous from the hypocrite. The righteous love the Person of Christ. They love their neighbors, and their actions reveal it. Hypocrites have hearts filled with deceit and hatred, and their actions reveal what is in their hearts.

The religion of hypocrites has a strong influence upon the attitude of others. Judas worked on the emotions of the other disciples, and he tried to lead them to believe that his motive was good. It is dangerous for us to be in company with hypocrites because their influence will rub off. MAT 26:8 says, "But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?" It was more than just Judas who had a wrong attitude. What blasphemy! They saw such self-sacrificial love. We need to weigh cautiously, carefully, before we join somebody in a matter. It was so dangerous to have one hypocrite among the twelve disciples.

1CO 15:33-34 says, "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame." Some are so foolish that they will join the hypocrisy of a hypocrite, putting on a sheen of benevolence, with a heart filled with murder, not only for his fellow man but for his Master.

In MAR 14:9 we see recorded a devoted faith and love of which Jesus said, "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." And yet, behind the scene, lurked a serpent, which reminds us of what David prophesied in PSA 23:5: "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over." The true valuation of the Person of Christ always reveals the hatred of those who serve the prince of this world. Those who truly serve and worship the Person of Christ are going to be vehemently hated by those who serve the prince of this world. What a blessed thing it would have been if the entire assembly had really understood the odor of that self-sacrificial love, worshiping the Person of Christ, but behind the scenes Satan was lurking to destroy that blessed worship.

The Internal Revenue Service will tell you today that you cannot waste money if you have indebtedness. You cannot waste it by tithing it to the church. Some people have made themselves bond slaves with secured debt. The result in some cases in that they are not even allowed to tithe to the church.

The values of a hypocrite are centered on material things at best, and he knows nothing of the true meaning of self-sacrificial love as we see in 1CO 13:3-5: "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil." Every description of love proves that Judas had no love. For the self-righteous hypocrites, the least sacrifice on their part would be considered a waste.

Are we hypocrites, or are we one of the righteous? Are our hearts filled with hatred and bitterness, or are our hearts filled with love? It is one of the two. You cannot harbor love and hatred in the same heart. All that is given out of love for Christ is infinitely short of what He deserves. PHI 4:18 says, "But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God."

There is an odor to a spirit of love. The Lord looks at the thoughts and intents of the heart. The Lord looks at what motivates what we do. What we do is not half as important as what motivates us to do it. Our hearts, our attitudes, are what the Lord is looking to. The odor of his hypocrisy proved that Judas had no real love for Jesus as the Christ of God.

There is a connection between having a pardon for our sins and a forgiving, loving spirit. Until you learn to understand the nature of your sins and the deceitfulness of your own heart, you will never have an indebtedness to Christ, but as the Lord unfolds an understanding of who we are, we begin to realize how indebted we are.

Judas' hypocrisy was revealed by his attempt to conceal his covetousness under the guise of benevolence. This was not the only time recorded where Judas' hypocrisy was revealed by posing as a friend. MAT 26:48-50 says, "Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him." He had his thirty pieces of silver. He had his revenge for Jesus humiliating him before Mary and her spirit of love.

Other women brought sweet spices that they might anoint Jesus after He was dead. MAR 16:1 says, "And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him." They were looking to His death as being a normal, natural death. Mary's faith laid hold of the fact that her Saviour was going to die, but that He would be the resurrection and the life.

Jesus' disciples did not even believe Him when He said He would be crucified and raised again, but Mary believed Him, and that was why what she did would be spoken of as a memorial. LUK 24:25-26 says, "Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?"

How much better it would have been if Peter had been that wise. Peter believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but He did not understand the atonement. He did not understand that Christ must be crucified, that He was the paschal lamb that was signified by the burnt offerings and daily sacrifices. Peter did not understand that, but Mary did. It was Mary's faith in what Jesus had told her (which surpassed the faith of His disciples), which becomes that memorial. The word "believe" means "to believe the truthfulness of God." She believed what He said was true, and she went on to anoint His body unto His burial, by faith, believing what He said was true. Our Saviour commended her who unconsciously fulfilled the prophecy written in SON 1:12: "While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof."

Another memorial is also spoken of wherever this gospel is preached, and that is the one of Judas, "that he might go to his own place." ACT 1:17-21 says, "For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take."

Our Saviour had ever been the Object of the Father's delight, from all eternity. PRO 8:29-30 says, "When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him." That eternal Son of God was with the Father when the creation was made. At the beginning of His public ministry the Father spoke from heaven as we see in MAT 3:17. "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." The Father was ever pleased with His Son.

However, Mary understood how Jesus would now give His Father a new delight. JOH 10:17 says, "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again."


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