A MARTHA or a MARY CHRISTMAS?
Luke 10:38-42; John 11:28-33; John 12:1-5

(Luke 10:38-42 NASB) Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. {39} And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet. {40} But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." {41} But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; {42} but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

(John 11:28-33 NASB) And when she had said this, she went away, and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, "The Teacher is here, and is calling for you." {29} And when she heard it, she arose^ quickly, and was coming to Him. {30} Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him. {31} The Jews then who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. {32} Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." {33} When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her, also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled,

(John 12:1-3 NASB) Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. {2} So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. {3} Mary therefore took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

INTRODUCTION
My sister Joyce has five children. Her oldest child Kim included in her Christmas card a letter concerning their family and concluded with an admission that she was caught up in the preparations for Christmas. She stated I'm more like Martha than Mary. From that I thought of this question. Will you have a Martha or Mary Christmas?

Mary and Martha or women in the Bible The Bible mentions Mary the sister of Lazarus and Martha three times. On every occasion she sits at Jesus feet. We find Martha also in these three passages. Martha is a fine Lady but she never sits at Jesus feet.

One can argue if every body sits at Jesus feet no work ever gets done. Mary's sitting at Jesus feet results in one of the most beautiful expression of service for Christ in all the Bible.

Will you have a Martha or Mary Christmas?

1. A Mary Christmas will sit at Jesus feet for . . Schooling.

2. A Mary Christmas will sit at Jesus feet for . . Sympathy.

3. A Mary Christmas will sit at Jesus feet for . . Service.



1. A Mary Christmas will sit at
Jesus feet for. . Schooling.

Luke 10:38-42 NASB


(38) Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. {39} And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." {41} But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; {42} but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

A. Schooling Chooses the . . Heart over the Home. v 38-39

B. Schooling Chooses the . . Eternal over the Earthly. v 40-42

ILLUSTRATION
A story is told of Jesus and His disciples walking one day along a stony road. Jesus asked each of them to choose a stone to carry for Him. John, it is said, chose a large one while Peter chose the smallest. Jesus led them then to the top of a mountain and commanded that the stones be made bread. Each disciple, by this time tired and hungry, was allowed to eat the bread he held in his hand, but of course Peter's was not sufficient to satisfy his hunger. John gave him some of his.

Some time later Jesus again asked the disciples to pick up a stone to carry. This time Peter chose the largest of all. Taking them to a river, Jesus told them to cast the stones into the water. They did so, but looked at one another in bewilderment.

"For whom," asked Jesus, "did you carry the stone?"


APPLICATION

Martha welcomes Jesus into her home -- Mary into her heart.

Martha chooses the Earthly -- Mary the Eternal.

Martha Christmas emphasizes self -- Not Jesus.

1. Cards you send.

2, Emphasis of Santa or Jesus.

3. The school principal of North Pole Alaska banned the word Christmas.

4. Many do not ban but ignore or replace



2. A Mary Christmas will sit at
Jesus feet for . . Sympathy.

(John 11:28-33 NASB)


[28] And when she had said this, she went away, and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, "The Teacher is here, and is calling for you." {29} And when she heard it, she arose quickly, and was coming to Him. {30} Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him. {31} The Jews then who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. {32} Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." (33} When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her, also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled,

A. Sympathy as you bring your . . Tears to Jesus. v 28-31
1. Note the Lord Called for Mary. Only two such calls worded this way.

(Mark 10:49 NASB) And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him here." And they called^ the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage, arise! He is calling for you."

John 11:28 NASB) And when she had said this, she went away, and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, "The Teacher is here, and is calling for you."

B. Sympathy as you bring your . . Troubles to Jesus. v 32-34
1. Christmas can be a lonely time. Medical field see many depressed people.
2. Troubles are magnified at Christmas time as love ones are gone.

ILLUSTRATION
As a young man, D.L. Moody was called upon suddenly to preach a funeral sermon. He hunted all throughout the four Gospels trying to find one of Christ's funeral sermons, but searched in vain. He found that Christ broke up every funeral he ever attended. Death could not exist where he was. When the dead heard his voice they sprang to life. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life."

APPLICATION

There is sympathy at Christmas. Mary received hers from Jesus.



3. A Mary Christmas will sit at
Jesus feet for . . Service.
(John 12:1-5 NASB)

[1] Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. {2} So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. {3} Mary therefore took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (4] But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said^, {5} "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to poor people?"

A. Service without regard to . . Cost. v 1-3
1. Very costly perfume.

B. Service without regard to . . Criticism. v 4-5
1. False concern for the poor.

ILLUSTRATION
A farmer was out plowing his field one spring morning. The spring thaw had just occurred and there were many muddy valleys in the field. Through one particularly wet place his tractor became stuck in the mud. The harder he tried, the deeper he became stuck. Finally, he walked over to his neighbor's to ask for help. The neighbor came over and looked at the situation. He shook his head, and then said, "It doesn't look good, but I tell you what. I'll give it a try pulling you out. But if we don't get it out, I'll come sit in the mud with ya!"

Although we may not all be farmers, we do experience getting "stuck in the mud" from time to time. And chances are we probably know someone who is stuck right now. Have you tried "mud-sitting" with a friend? It may be the best thing you can do!

APPLICATION

1. A Mary Christmas will sit at Jesus feet for . . Schooling.

2. A Mary Christmas will sit at Jesus feet for . . Sympathy.

3. A Mary Christmas will sit at Jesus feet for . . Service.









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