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A Great Party

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Exegetical Aim: Honoring Jesus.

Props: A bottle of fine perfume and a piece of 8.5 x 11 paper.

Lesson: How many of you have ever been to a party? (response) What kind of a party was it? (response) What did you do at the party? (response) Parties are a lot of fun, aren't they? (response) Have you ever been to a party where someone was being honored? (response) Maybe it was their party because they were 100 years old. Or maybe they had just had a baby. Or maybe they had done something really great. Have you ever been to a party because someone had done something really great? (response) You may not get a response, but give them just a moment to think about it. What did they do that was great? (response)

Jesus went to a party that was in his honor; he did something fantastic. Do you know what he did that was so great? He raised somebody from the dead! I mean, this guy - his name was Lazarus - this guy had been dead for four days and he had already been buried. And Jesus went to the place where he was buried and said, "Lazarus come out of that grave!" And guess what happened? (response) That's right. He came back to life. That's great, isn't it? (response)
Now who do you think was throwing this party for Lazarus? (response) It was Lazarus' sister, Martha. She was so happy that Jesus had raised her brother from the dead that she threw a party for Jesus.

Application: What do I have in my hand? (response) That is right. It is perfume. When Jesus was at this party, a lady named Mary came up to Jesus and she had a bottle of perfume in her hand. She knelt down in front of Jesus and put perfume on his feet. Splash a healthy amount of perfume onto the piece of paper so it wafts by the children. Then she began to dry his feet with her long hair. What a beautiful thing to do. Now, as you speak, pause a bit and move the paper around the inner circle of the children to produce a strong scent (verse 3b: And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume).

You see, this was Jesus' party and Mary knew that Jesus had done a great thing, but as wonderful as that was - raising Lazarus from the dead - Jesus was going to do something even greater. What do you think he was going to do? (response) Jesus was going to die and he would be dead and buried for three days and then God would raise him from the dead. And, the great things is, he will never, never die again. And he promises that you and I will be with him. In fact, we are all going to this big party. We call this great party heaven. You will be there and I will be there and your mom and dad will be there. How great that will be!

Let's Pray: Lord, we honor you this morning and look forward to a great party one day when we shall all be together. Amen.
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