The Fragrance

Remember the spices that the women prepared and took to the grave where Jesus’ body had been laid? In those days, it was customary to use certain spices to prepare a body for burial to help overcome the smell of death. We don’t know what the ladies carried those spices in and we don’t know what happened to the spices once they were surprised inside the empty tomb by two glowing angels appearance. We do know Luke 24:5 says, “The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground.”

It is very likely that those spices were scattered about the ground inside the tomb as they dropped to the ground. And would’ve been the last thing they would think of as they raced to tell Peter and the other disciples that Jesus was alive!

The disciples heard Mary & the other women telling the good news…Jesus is risen!…and didn’t believe them. But Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to see for himself. Luke tells that Peter looked inside and saw the empty grave clothes, went home again, wondering what had happened.

I wonder if Peter smelled the spices when he entered the tomb. Is it possible that the aroma of their worship to honor the Messiah, their Lord and Master, still filled the air? Did you know that our worship is a sweet aroma to God and to those around us? 2 Corinthians 2:15 says, “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” The Passion Translation tells it this way: “We have become the unmistakable aroma of the victory of the Anointed One to God —a perfume of life to those being saved.”

Our worship leaves behind the fragrance of Christ and helps attract the sinner to salvation. How beautiful that God would allow us to carry the fragrance of our Lord!

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