I think that nearly every young boy, when he started noticing girls, daydreamed about being a hero, saving the girl of his dreams from bullies or careening cars or someone’s attempt at stealing her bicycle. They are innocent dreams, but dreams grounded in the desire to show himself as strong, fearless, and empathetic. For most of us guys, that opportunity probably never happened. But for one woman, we know she was saved from bullies.
When we turn to Mark 14:3–6, we find:
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone.“
Jesus is Our Protector
Notice that they scolded her, as if she had acted childishly, but Jesus would have none of it. If you have received His salvation, then Jesus is a friend that “sticks closer to you than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24) and He has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)).” He is the Good Shepard (John 10:11) so He knows how to defend and protect you.
It’s not always God’s will to keep you and I from suffering if it truly is suffering for Him.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.1 Peter 5:10
Leave Them Alone
I hope you are strengthened and encouraged today because the same Jesus that said to the bullies, “Leave her alone,” is seated at the right hand of God (1 Peter 3:22) interceding for us. It is Jesus that says to the devil, “Leave her alone.” “Leave him alone.” I hope you find great comfort in our Savior who “saves to the uttermost.”
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.Hebrews 7:25
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