And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. Mark 14:3-5
Jesus came back to visit the town of Bethany, this was the hometown of Lazarus , whom Jesus raised from the dead. They were hosting a dinner in honor of Jesus, Mary who is Lazarus’ sister , took a pint of perfume and anointed Jesus’ head with it and washed his feet. Nobody realized it at the time but she was actually prophesying about the death of Christ, which was going to happen only a few days later.
Judas Iscariot, rebuked Mary for wasting the perfume on Jesus, and claimed they could have sold it to feed the poor. Obviously we know Judas is wicked and only wanted to sell the perfume for his own profit. Judas also didn’t love Jesus as he sold him for 30 pieces of silver. The time was coming for the Son of Man to be delivered to the wicked to die for the sins of the world
And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. Mark 14:6-9
Jesus openly rebuked Judas in front of everyone, this probably came as a shock to him and everyone there, as woman in the first century were typically treated as lower class citizens. For Jesus to defend a woman over a man, especially a disciple , made a statement! Of course Jesus knew the wickedness also of Judas heart, his other disciples did not realize that Judas would betray Christ and have him killed
As Jesus stated “She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial” this act was a prophecy of the death and burial of Christ. Nobody understood it at this time, but Mary was performing a sacred act, and Jesus said “What she has done will be spoken of as a memorial of her” A simple act of a loving disciple will be remembered by The Lord forever!
The hour is coming, for Christ to go to the cross, and die for our sins. The hour is coming for Jesus to rise again on the 3rd day defeating sin and death forever! The hour is coming for Christ to return again, are you ready? Be a humble servant like Mary, lay down at the feet of Christ, for Jesus is Lord Amen!