Small Group Lesson:
Read John 12:1-8
"1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served,while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”"
Throughout his ministry Jesus demonstrated and spoke about his identity. Mary knew who Jesus was and experienced his power firsthand. What does John 1 - 12 teach us about Jesus? As a group come up with at least five truths about Jesus.
Mary poured out her greatest possession at Jesus' feet. What things in life are most valuable to you? (Family, time, money, etc...)
How can you pour these things out at the feet of Jesus?
Do you think some people see this sacrifice as a waste? Why?