Life changing experiences with God are happening today like throughout the history. People are encountering Jesus Christ at their homes, in their jobs, in situations that are difficult like persecution and in the very face of death. According to the Christian post more Muslims are coming to Christ then ever. Iran is the most open nation to the gospel in the world (Post). An encounter with Christ is a life changing experience that once it happens nothing surpasses its worth. Nothing becomes more important then Christ, once one experiences Christ. Jesus’ twelve disciples were always with him, they were first hand witnesses of his miracles and manifest power. Yet, not all of the disciples had a personal encounter with the Lord, but just a few like Peter. Peter’s mother-in-law was found in bed with a high fever (Lk4:38-39), and Jesus stood over her and rebuked it and it left immediate; Peter witness this firs hand. Phillip and Andrew participated first hand in the miracle of the five thousand (Jh6:11) along with the other disciples. Jesus asked Phillip where could they get enough food for the people and Andrew found the couple of fish and bread.
3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
Now, Mary’s brother had died and her and Martha; Mary’s sister, were distraught. They were so hurt because of Lazarus death that when Jesus came to them they accused him of neglecting their friendship and allowing him to die. A death of a close family member seems to hit the hardest in the heart. But, when Jesus came and called out Lazarus from the grave (Jh11:43), the encountering effect of the Lord became real in the two sisters. There were two blind guys whom, when they found Jesus they followed him crying “Son of David have mercy on us” (Mt.9:28-31). When they came to a house Jesus healed the two charging them not to say anything to anyone but they could not stay shut, they went and proclaimed what he did to them throughout. The impact of what God does unleashes a proclamation in us no matter what or where we are. When Mary poured the expensive ointment on Jesus Judas who was impacted by Jesus, but stole from the treasury commented that it should have been sold and given to the poor. Now, the good feeling that we receive from doing something for someone else is good, but it is not compared to the impact the comes from God’s doing. That is why the bible tells us that everything that we do we must do it as if to the Lord (Col.3:23), because the impact is so much greater.