While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. Mark 14:3
Think about this, a feast was being given in Jesus honor. Why? First look at who is hosting the feast, Simon the leper. Lepers can’t own property therefor this man was probably healed by Jesus Christ himself.
Second a woman, who was uninvited, pours a whole jar of perfume on Jesus head that is worth about a whole years salary. Think about that, would you put your whole years salary in the offering plate? Would you be willing to approach the Lords table?
But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. Mark 14:6
Some of the men, including Judas Iscariot , quickly rebuked her for wasting the perfume. This was because Judas was a thief and didn’t truly love God. But notice Jesus reaction, he told them to “Let her alone”!
This was big, as Jesus rebuked his own disciples for a woman. At that time woman were not considered equal to men. For Jesus to defend her shows the coming of his Kingdom, the change in the New Covenant!
“She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Mark 14:8
What nobody realized was that she was confirming the prophecy of his death. This event happened only a day before the events of when Jesus gets arrested. This event Jesus said would be remembered forever.
One woman’s act of worship to her Lord turned into a memorial that is eternal, Amen!