The Difference of One

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A Turning Point                           Mark 12:41-44

The Difference of One

A Widow’s Contribution

41 As Jesus sat facing the temple offering box, he watched how the money people put into it. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 A poor widow dropped in two small coins, worth less than a cent.

43 He called his disciples and said to them, “I can guarantee this truth: This poor widow has given more than all the others. 44 All of them have given what they could spare. But she, in her poverty, has given everything she had to live on.”


Jesus sits and watches people put a financial gift in the offering box. These are rich people who put in great sums of money from their spare change. Jesus notices a widow, she puts in two coins, not even worth a penny. Jesus says, “The poor widow gave more than anyone else because she gave all.”  The difference of one makes a difference for you.

This narrative takes place during the last week of Jesus’ life, In just a few days, Jesus will give His all for us. Yet sometimes we ignore the gift, reject the gift, and/or take the gift for granted. We treat the gift as if it were mere spare change.
Reflect on…
If Jesus, born of a virgin, in a manger, died of natural causes instead of being crucified on a cross, what would be different in your life?

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