Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. Matthew 26:6-9
The first shocking part of this story , is a Leper named Simon was hosting a dinner, as we know from the Old Covenant, people with leprosy were outcasts and not allowed to associate with “clean” people in society. (Leviticus 13:46) However it’s clear, the former Leper named Simon was healed by Christ! This story is an indication of the New Covenant, this story demonstrates who Jesus truly is, The Christ, the Son of God, The Lord in the flesh
The woman is identified in the gospel of John, as Mary, the sister of Lazarus (John 12) So not only did Jesus heal Simon the Leper, who may have been the father of Mary, but Christ also raised Lazarus from the dead. It’s very clear to this family who Jesus is, they know He is the Son of God, and they are honoring him with the praise Christ is worthy of receiving.
The ointment or perfume was worth alot of money, it was estimated to be worth almost a year’s salary. (John 12:5) Judas , who Jesus called a devil (John 6:70)obviously cared more about money than he did about honoring Christ. The heart issue of Judas was revealed, even though he had seen the same miracles this family witnessed, he rejected Christ and loved the world more!
But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. Matthew 26:10-13
Jesus openly rebukes Judas for picking on Mary, this had to really bruise Judas ego. Women in the first Century were looked down upon in society, so for Christ to rebuke Judas to defend Mary, was a culture shock at the moment!
Jesus makes a profound statement “She has poured the ointment on my body for my burial” Christ was once again prophesying about his death as the Lamb of God (Isaiah 53) Mary’s act of worship and obedience will be remembered forever, strive to live from an eternal perspective and not for this dying world, Amen!