Friday, April 2

Sweet Smell of Sacrifice

In ancient Jewish tradition, a mother weaved a seamless garment for her son when he left home. Did Mary do this for Jesus? No one knows but I’m pretty sure, if she held to tradition, she must have.

If Mary lovingly created it, I am sure Jesus wore it, even wearing it before His betrayal when He went to Simon the leper’s house. As He reclined at the table, a woman came and broke open her beautiful, alabaster passion box, full of the extremely valuable, perfumed oil of spikenard. As she lovingly poured it upon Jesus’ head, it probably trickled down His cheeks, seeped into His beard, and gently dripped upon His shoulders, saturating His garment.

In Eastern culture, the garment of the bridegroom is saturated with rich perfumes. This woman lovingly poured out her precious possession upon the heavenly Bridegroom which permeated His garment. Almost as prophetic words, the Shulamite woman says of her beloved in the beautiful Song of Solomon, “While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance.” (SOS 1:12 NKJV)

Don’t you know that through the long hours of His agony in the garden, during His betrayal, in the courtyard of His judgment before Caiaphas and Pilate, and until that garment was removed, Jesus breathed in that sweet smell of sacrificial love that had been poured out upon Him, while this scripture may have echoed in His Spirit, “The odor of your ointments is fragrant, your name is like perfume poured out.” (SOS 1:3 Amp)

As He probably did not wash His hair, the fragrance clung to it. That sweet aroma must have wafted its fragrance of love into His nostrils throughout His torment at the whipping post and while hanging on the cross, more than likely thinking, “This is for all those who will pour out their love on Me.”

Jesus’ sacrifice for our forgiveness and eternal life cost Him His life and was a sweet aroma to God, as scripture says, “God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to Him.” (Eph. 5:2b TLB)

Are our trust and faith as that sweet aroma of the alabaster passion box poured out to Jesus? Do our offerings cost us something, or do they have little meaning to us? If we give God what is of little value to us, how will it be of any value to Him? If a sacrifice is to be a true sacrifice, it must cost something to give it.

A true, sacrificial worship gift costs us the surrender of our money, for we give sacrificially, as the widow who gave her two mites. It costs us the surrender of our time, for we sacrifice it to put God first. It costs us the surrender of our hearts, for we sacrifice our love to those who hate us. It costs us the surrender of our lips, for we sacrifice our praise to God when all seems lost.

Whatever it costs, it must come from a loving and willing heart.

Jesus gave you His sweet sacrifice of salvation.

What have you given Him? What does it cost you? Have you given your heart to the One Who gave you His life?

Are you “a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God”? (Phil. 4:18 NKJV)

May you experience that sweet smell of Easter’s sacrifice in a fresh, new way this year.

19 Responses
  1. Awesome message. Thank You LORD. Thank YOU for using Lynn in this way to spread Your love. In Jesus' name, amen.

  2. Lynn,
    What a great message. To imagine Jesus breathing in the fragrance while on the cross is beautiful and inspiring.

    1 Corinthians 2:15
    For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

    Thank you for the book. It came today. Can't wait to dig into it, and then share it with my hubby and daughter who are worship leaders at our church.
    Many blessings,

  3. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you, dear Kimberly! You are so faithful. I appreciate you so much. May you have a very blessed Easter!

  4. lynnmosher Says:

    Hey, Susan! Thanks so much for your sweet comment. And darn! I forgot to add that verse!

    Thanks for letting me know about the book. I was getting ready to ask you if you got it yet.

    Have a very blessed Easter!

  5. Dawn Wilson Says:

    I shared your post link on Facebook. Well written and thought-provoking, Lynn.

  6. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you so much, Dawn! I appreciate that. Blessings to you!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you for this beautiful picture of what our Lord sacrificed for you and for me. It helps me keep my mind on what I should be thinking about and praising Him for.

  8. HisFireFly Says:

    Beautiful words, Lynn!

    My prayer is always for my life to be a fragrant offering unto Him.

    The cross is the fragrnace of life to those of us who believe in Him..

  9. lynnmosher Says:

    Judy, thank you so much for taking time to visit and comment. I deeply appreciate it. You make my heart happy! Easter blessings to you!

  10. lynnmosher Says:

    HisFireFly, Amen and amen! You are so right! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I truly appreciate it! Blessings of Easter to you!

  11. Oh sweet Lynn! I never thought of the fragrance clinging to Him like that. I'm lost in the wonder of it.

  12. lynnmosher Says:

    Aw, Sandy, thank you so much! You make my heart happy! May you and your sweet family have a very blessed Easter!

  13. Thanks Lynn. for letting the H.S.speak through you,like the smell of sweet honey.Happy Easter to you. love,Paul

  14. jean Fischer Says:

    Beautiful and thought-provoking post, Lynn. Thank you! Happy, blessed Easter to you and yours.

  15. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you so much, dear Jean! I deeply appreciate it! Sweet blessings of Easter to you!

  16. Wow Lynn! How wonderful and thought provoking. I wonder if that is one reason the guards gambled for his robe, for the scent of the expensive perfume?

  17. What a beautiful illustration and picture of what true sacrificial living and worship is and looks like.

  18. K.M. Weiland Says:

    I'd never considered that the perfume would have saturated his garment. I love discovering details like this. Makes the story even more precious.

  19. Duane Scott Says:

    I just wanted to stop in and say that I am now following your blog again. I used to be, but due to some privacy issues, had to go incognito. I look forward to reading your post again, and hope you follow me back to my new site. Thanks!