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Broken and Poured Out

Scripture reading for October 20th: Mark 14-16

“While He (Jesus) was at 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 event occurred just before the Passover Feast in a small village just outside of Jerusalem.  Jesus often stayed in this village as it was also the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.  This woman came to where Jesus was eating and brought this expensive gift.  Instead of just presenting it to Him, she broke the jar and poured out the contents on His head.

This act of loving sacrifice was met with anger on the part of some present at the meal.  They thought this was a waste of expensive perfume, and that the perfume should have been sold and the money given to the poor.  This perfume represented more than a year’s wages!  They rebuked her sharply for her act of kindness.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus.  “Why are you bothering her?  She has done a beautiful thing to Me.  The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want.  But you will not always have Me.  She did what she could.  She poured perfume on My body beforehand to prepare for my burial.  I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Mark 14:6-9)  Jesus spoke up for this maligned lady.  Her sacrifice touched His heart.  It showed that this woman was willing to break and pour out her costly perfume to honor Jesus.  She probably did not fully realize that she was preparing His body for burial.  She did what she could with love!

In contrast to this, Judas went out and sold His Master for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave!  Judas seemed not to care that he wouldn’t have Jesus with him always.  He was more interested in the money.  In fact, it was recorded by John that Judas was the one who objected and ridiculed another woman for doing a similar thing.  (John 12:4-8)  Which of these two best represents your heart?

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