Broken and poured out!
Scripture reading for March 8th: Mark 14:1-21, Psalm 51:1-19, Proverbs 10:31-32
“While He (Jesus) was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.” (Mark 14:3)
This very unusual incident was recorded by Mark and marked another woman who served Jesus and was especially noted by Him. This woman’s name was Mary, and she was probably the sister of Martha. (John 12:1-3) She was known to have taken time to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to Him while her sister Martha served Jesus. Martha was rather upset with her for this, but Jesus noted that she had chosen what was better! (Luke 10:38-42)
Mary came to the dinner where Jesus was the guest of honor and reclining at table. He was the guest of Simon the Leper. We are not sure if Jesus had healed this man earlier, but he must have been clean for them to be with him for a meal. Jesus loved to be around sinners and those who were considered outcasts by the religious people. Mary came with a box or jar of expensive perfume, worth about a year’s wages. She broke the container and poured it’s expensive contents on Jesus’ head and even His feet. This was an act of extravagant love and prophetic worship.
Jesus, Himself, was preparing to be broken and poured out for the sins of the world. He was in Jerusalem for Passover week as the final sacrifice. He was being examined in the temple every day by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. They were plotting to have Him killed. Jesus said that this costly anointing was to prepare Him for His burial. (Mark 14:6-9) His blood would be a costly sacrifice that would atone for sin. His prayer for our forgiveness from the cross would be a fragrant incense to the Father of His complete obedience. His act of giving Himself would be an act of extravagant love for us and prophetic worship, enabling all to enjoy forgiveness of sins. As he was anointed in the home of Simon the leper, His sacrifice took place in this world to deliver us from the leprosy of sin! Take time and worship Him today with a thankful heart!