The woman with the Alabaster box

Six days before passover, Jesus went to Bethany. A man named Simon- a Pharisee invited Jesus and his disciples for dinner. Simon was previously a leper. He was probably healed by Jesus. Maybe he invited Jesus for dinner because he was grateful that his life was restored.

Lazarus and his sisters where also at Simon’s house. Martha was serving. They seem to be related to Simon in some way. Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters very much. (John 11:15) In the past, Lazarus got very sick and he died. His sisters were very sad and when Jesus visited them, Mary fell at Jesus feet and wept. That day Jesus cried with Mary. I think that the people’s-unbelief made Him even more sad. And although Lazarus was already dead for four days, Jesus raised him from the dead! Now, because of what Jesus did they could all be here together. Many Jews became believers of Jesus when they heard the testimony of Lazarus. Some of the non-believers wanted to kill Lazarus because of the reaction his testimony caused among the Jews.

Jesus and the other guests were sitting at the table. (In those days they were sit-lying on pillows close to the floor.) Mary came from behind to Jesus feet. In her hands she got an alabaster box with a pound of very expensive Nardis ointment in it. She kneeled down and started to cry. Her tears fell on Jesus feet and she started wiping it of with her hair. Then she broke the alabaster box and pour the exquisite ointment onto Jesus feet, still using her hair to wipe His feet. Mary surrendered herself completely to Jesus as her Lord, honouring Him with all she got, holding nothing back! She did not care for others opinions about her actions, all she had in her heart was to worship her King. She prophetically anointed Jesus for His coming funeral- the day when He would die for the whole earth’s redemption. Mary probably took her most valuable possession and offered it to Jesus knowing that He is far more valuable than even that! In a way this was like the communion we as covenant children of God takes to remember what He did for us on the cross. She anointed Jesus feet and when she wiped His feet of with her hair, she has put that same anointing on herself and in doing so partaking of Him just like the body of Christ do. The fragrance filled the whole house. Just like that, the children of God and followers of Jesus, become a sweet fragrance in this world when we stay in Him and His Word abides in us.

This ministered to Jesus and He said she will never be forgotten for the way she honoured and blessed Him. Jesus looked at her and told her : your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you. Go in peace. Not long after this day Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. But I am sure she had this wonderful moment with Jesus that she would remember for the rest of her life.

When Simon the Pharisee saw what Mary did and that Jesus allowed her to touch his feet, he took offence. As a Pharisee, he had a religious focus on this. All he could see was wrong! Why did Jesus allowed this sinful woman to come near him and of all things, touch him! A religious mind always see others sin and mistakes and have a hard time to see good in other people. And then they are very quick to judge, forgetting their own sin and mistakes, thinking that they earn righteousness by their doing. They are not able to walk in love and don’t understand grace. To a religious mind your past is your future. Jesus used this situation to teach Simon about grace and love. (Luke 7: 36 - 50)

One of the disciples had another perspective on what Mary did. According to John 12, Judas complaint about the expensive ointment that Mary ”waisted” on Jesus. All he could see was the money that he never had the chance to get to. He did not think Jesus was valuable enough to deserve such an expensive gesture. He used the poor as and excuse but the only poor persons in that room where the ones with religious minds and the ones that chose mammon to be lord in their life's. Yes, if he had that in his heart, he would always stay poor, because he valued money higher that the King of Kings. Judas, who walked with Jesus every day, he saw so many miracles, so many changed life's. He heard Jesus teachings all the time! He even went out on mission trips. He was busy on a daily basis with the things of God, a respected man in the community! But Jesus was not Lord in his life, mammon hardened his heart against the truth. Looking at Jesus sowers parable in the Bible, there are different things that can deceive us out of a love relationship with Jesus. Mammon is not money in itself, it is the spirit that enters someones heart that puts money above God.

Jesus said, where your treasure is, there will your heart also be. He also said we cannot serve mammon and God. For Judas this became reality. Jesus gave Himself as the price to be paid for the sins of the World. It was the highest price that could be paid - that God Himself became a man and paid for our sins with His own blood. If the highest possible price ever was paid for our sins, then our value became the highest value too. 1 Corinthians 7:23 -You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and spirit, which are God’s. We are valuable because of what Jesus did. We don’t determine our own value. What Jesus did determines our value. I hope this ministered to your heart as well. Your welcome to leave a comment. If you need prayer, please don’t hesitate to come in contact with us. We will be happy to pray with you! Have a blessed easter weakend!

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