"See, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" —John 1:29.
Jesus explained that he came, “not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his life as a ransom in exchange for many.” (Matt. 20:28) The “many” who would benefit from Jesus’ ransom were not to be limited to repentant Jews. Rather, it is God’s will that “all sorts of people should be saved,” since the ransom “takes away the sin of the world!” (1 Tim. 2:4-6) Did those early disciples of Jesus have the needed courage to keep on witnessing about him? Indeed they did. (Acts 5:30-32) Some 27 years after Pentecost 33 C.E., it could be said that “the message of truth of the good news” had reached Jews and Gentiles “in all creation under heaven.”—Col. 1:5, 23. w14 7/15 4:7, 8
Memorial Bible reading: (Events after sunset: Nisan 9) Mark 14:3-9
We always read about the incident recorded at Mark 14:3-9 at this time of year, and you will see why if you read it:
"And while he (Jesus) was at Bethʹany dining in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil, genuine nard, very expensive. She broke open the alabaster jar and began pouring it on his head. At this some said to one another indignantly: “Why has this perfumed oil been wasted? For this perfumed oil could have been sold for more than 300 denarʹi·i and the money given to the poor!” And they were greatly annoyed with her. But Jesus said: “Let her alone. Why do you try to make trouble for her? She did a fine deed toward me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can do them good whenever you want to, but you will not always have me. She did what she could; she poured perfumed oil on my body beforehand, in view of the burial. Truly I say to you, wherever the good news is preached in all the world, what this woman did will also be told in memory of her.”"
We shopped at Tesco's early this morning and then I finished taking the Memorial invitations round the flats. Had one pleasant chat with an elderly lady. My shoulder/arm very painful today after yesterday's physio session. The Roger has been in touch, and Linda. And I got another royalty payment - which was very exciting - and just about paid for our morning's shopping.