AROMA OF JESUS

In Ephesians 5:2 Christ loved us so offered Himself as a sacrifice and pleasing aroma to God . In Ephesians 5:1-2 Christ loved the world so much He gave Himself up for us an offering and a sacrifice to God as fragrant sweet scented perfumed aroma. As imitators of God and beloved children believers are to walk in love. In 2 Corinthians 2:15 we are imparted with Jesus Christ’s anointed fragrance to God among those saved and among those who are perishing. In Proverbs 27:9, oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a Godly counsel is sweet to a friend. In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus was anointed by a humble saved woman when a Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him in the Pharisee’s house and reclined comfortably.

She wept and wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair, kissed them and anointed them with a costly, expensive alabaster of oil in Mark 14:3 worth a year’s wage in Luke 7:37. This woman in the town where she lived was despised so considered an outcast. She had a sordid and promiscuous past so treated as a dishonourable person unfit to be among certain people with whom Jesus was eating. Yet God used her to bless and impact Jesus’ life and ministry. Despite her past lifestyle was counted worthy to participate in Divine life. A whole jar of perfume in Matthew 26:7 meant the smell filled the entire room. A tainted woman was allowed to touch, anoint Jesus with pure, genuine, unadulterated perfume. Although such an action was unheard of before, it was precursor advance preparation for Jesus’ death.

Jesus commended and said her actions will always be remembered in Bible history. Jesus said, I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her in verses 8-13. When the disciples saw this, they were angry saying, why this waste? So said, “This perfume could have been sold at high price and money given to the poor. Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you but you will not always have me. She poured this perfume on my body to prepare me for burial. This story of Jesus anointing with perfume is recorded in all 4 Gospels. In Matthew, During the feast at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, Jesus was anointed there also. Some think this is Mary of Bethany in Luke 10 and learner at Jesus’ feet. Two different women anointed Jesus one was decent, the other was not.

In the case of Luke, the one who anointed the feet of Jesus was considered a public embarrassment. The oil was very expensive yet generously poured to overflowing it ran down the feet. Matthew said anointing was on the head; John, of the feet. The practice of anointing the heads of guests by way of showing them respect is well known but anointing of the feet was unusual special and extraordinary amount of respect in Luke 7:46. The costliness of Mary’s offering 300 denarii Mark says, “more than 300 wages for a labourer in Matthew 20:2. In today’s English money Mary’s offering amounts to £50 probably her whole wealth. John 12:5  In John 12:3 the quantity is described as a pound  or litra about twelve ounces and of spikenard. fabulous price. Mary’s household in Bethany is from wealthy class seen in John 11 costly used in embalming the body of brother raised from the dead. Mark wrote she broke jar of perfume but John said she poured and anointed Jesus feet wiped with her hair. Essential oils are specially cultivated from flowers by intense processing so cost more.

She appreciated Jesus so gave her Him greatest Treasure to express her love and worship of God. Believers are to radiate the fragrance of Christ among all people.In Exodus 30:34-38, the LORD said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. “With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. “You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you. This sacred components of perfume offered on the golden altar in Exodus 30:34. In 1 Chronicles 9:30 as some of the sons of the priests prepared the mixing of the spices for sacred service, so Jesus prepared himself for mankind. Through Jesus Christ, God’s people as believers according to Hosea 14:6 will have shoots to sprout with beauty like olive tree, fragrance like cedars of Lebanon. Floral pavilion filled with fragrances, dried flowers placed in bowls in homes and palaces to freshen air. Guests bathed in goat’s milk and rose petals and visitors doused with perfume, sprayed on clothing, furniture, walls, and tableware.

Flowers, grasses, spices, fruit, wood, roots, resins, balsams, leaves, gums, and animal secretions as well as resources like alcohol, petrochemicals, coal, and coal tars are used in the manufacture of perfumes. Some plants, such as lily of the valley, do not produce oils naturally. In fact, only about 2,000 of the 250,000 known flowering plant species contain these essential oils. Therefore, synthetic chemicals must be used to re-create the smells of non-oily substances. Synthetics also create original scents not found in nature. Some perfume ingredients are animal products. For example, castor comes from beavers, musk from male deer, and ambergris from the sperm whale. Animal substances are often used as fixatives that enable perfume to evaporate slowly and emit odors longer. Other fixatives include coal tar, mosses, resins, or synthetic chemicals. Alcohol and sometimes water are used to dilute ingredients in perfumes. It is the ratio of alcohol to scent that determines whether the perfume is “eau de toilette” toilet water or pur extract cologne high end expensive perfume.

In the Song of Solomon 4:10-14, “How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, And the fragrance of your oils Than all kinds of spices! “Your lips, my bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon. “A garden locked is my sister, my bride, A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.  The sweet delicious scent of a Godly woman lingers long beyond eternity like the woman with alabaster oil. Jesus said both men and women are precious scents of fragrance to God. In Leviticus 23:18, ‘Along with the bread you shall present seven one year old male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd and two rams; they are to be a burnt offering to the LORD, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD. In Genesis 8:20-21, then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. 

The Mystery of the Gospel is revealed in Ephesians 2:1-6, that the Jews and Gentiles by stewardship of God’s grace given for you, 3 is shown the mystery. God reveals 4 insight into the mystery of Christ 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations. Now it was revealed to God’s holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is 1 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. right brain activity, which rules emotions, memory, and creativity. Aromatherapy smelling oils and fragrances help to cure physical and emotional problems to balance hormonal and body chemistry. Essential oils helps bolster the immune system when inhaled or applied topically. Smelling sweet smells affects mood so sometimes used as a form of psychotherapy. Also, synthesized human perfume from the body scents produced attract or repel other humans beings. So people’s natural scents generated and emitted can connect them instantly to welcome others in a pleasant manner or repulsed by strong smell present around them. Whatever the case, fragrance of Jesus refreshes, purifies, enhances, overpowers that scent.

This means in God’s Kingdom all sorts of scents are produced and made available through Christ. So each person chooses their preferred perfume which they love to smell like, can afford or to give to others on special occasions to loved ones.The fragrance of Christ is expensive and means intense spiritual processing of God. At times, breaking, crushing flowers or plants for oil seems too rigorous. Yet, the end result and product shows it is really worth all the effort, time put in to extract all the sweet aroma. The resources used to bottle, store, distribute perfume is similar to the believer’s resistance and endurance skills by the grace of God. Sometimes despite, the effort product does not necessarily turn out well to please the scent exactly expected by the nose. The process is repeated numerous times to get small quantity of high quality perfume. Oils are extracted from plant substances by several methods: steam distillation, solvent extraction, enfleurage, maceration, and expression. These are blended together according to a formula, aged for months, years after it is blended.

In the Bible, 3 Wise kings visited baby Jesus carrying myrrh and frankincense scents. Ancient Egyptians burned incense called kyphi  made of henna, myrrh, cinnamon and juniper as religious offerings. So soaked aromatic wood, gum and resins in water and oil for scents. Doctors treated plague victims by covering their mouths and noses with leather pouches holding pungent cloves, cinnamon, and spices thought would protect them from disease. Some trees like lady of the night emit natural perfume scent in the atmosphere especially at night. For the believer, the fragrance of Jesus within the believer enhances the ability and strength to endure by Grace. The Holy Spirit liquid fragrance body lotion enhances the scent of life. The Christian believer receives healing properties of fragrance in Christ by His Stripes so healed. In spite of man-made efforts the best scent is from Christ Jesus alone and no other source, not dead loved ones potions or from idols.
God tell believers to always remember rely on Christ’s fragrance and to give the glory to God for grace, grace. God warns self trust or self confidence in material wealth. When Hezekiah in Isaiah 39:2, was pleased and showed ‘proudly’ all ‘his’ treasure house, the silver and the gold and the spices and the precious oil and his whole armoury and all that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his house nor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them. He exposed to his enemy who destroyed his kingdom. Hezekiah forgot God gave him power to get wealth to indulge in the most expensive, perfume and precious oils. God wants His blessings to be used for the right reasons with right motives not to show off. Again in 2 Kings 20:13 Hezekiah listened to ‘them’ but Jesus says my sheep hear my voice. Hezekiah ignored God’s commandments to give thanks, Glory to God as Source and giver of wealth so inadvertently exposed himself to enemies. By showing off all ‘his’ treasure house, the silver, gold, spices, precious oil, house of his armour, all found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his house nor in all his dominion Hezekiah did not show them. Such access into all areas of life belongs exclusively to the select few inner circle trusted loved ones not all people. 

Jesus was closest to Peter, James and John out of the 12 apostles and many disciples. So, as in Isaiah 3:24, it came about instead of sweet perfume there was repulsive,pungent putrefaction smell of death upon Hezekiah in the end. Instead of a belt, a rope; instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp; instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth; And branding instead of beauty. In Jeremiah 6:20, “For what purpose does frankincense come to Me from Sheba And the sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me. “The natural scent of the perfume itself remained perfect for a season yet circumstances caused it to be contaminated in God’s eyes. The Gospel message tastes sweet as good news to some so brings eternal life. To those perishing who reject the Gospel, it brings condemnation and death. Same sweet fragrant perfume scent is a double edge sword that brings victory redemption to winners but death and defeat to losers. Despite attempts to enhance nature’s pleasant smells using perfume, differences in body chemistry, temperature, body odours affects the scent emulated. Many natural and man-made materials used to make perfume applied on skin, clothing, cleaners, cosmetics to scent air are different on people due to body chemistry.

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