Mathews 26:13, 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
While Lord Jesus was in Bethany, he was invited to the house of Simon, a leper. It is not possible that Simon had leprosy at that time, otherwise a huge crowd would not have gathered around his house to see Jesus. There a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. Let us see and observe some characteristics of this woman.
1.Love greater than wealth: In this passage it has been particularly specified that the woman poured an expensive perfume on Jesus. The woman loved and adored Jesus from the bottom of her heart. The money she spent on the perfume did not seem much to her before Jesus. Even though for some people gathered there it seemed too lavish and a waste of money. For Mary it didn’t seem so. 1 Corinthians 13:13, 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
At the moment Mary poured the perfume some people discouraged her from wasting her money like this. Among these were some disciples of Jesus too. An ordinary woman is seen pouring an expensive perfume on Jesus from her money. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples, after this incident went straight to the Chief priests and agreed to betray Jesus. He asks them what will you give me for betraying Him? No one had approached Judas for this task. He himself had walked to betray Jesus. Let us now compare the two. Why did Mary anoint Jesus with Alabaster?? What emotions/feelings made her do it?? Why did Judas betray Jesus?? What emotions/feelings made him do such a heinous act?? Think.
2.Jesus’ reaction: Jesus was observing all that was happening. He asked. Matthew 26:10, 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
1 Chronicles 11:17-19, 17 David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 18 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the Lord. 19 “God forbid that I should do this!” he said. “Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?” Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it.
Knowing that Jesus was at the house, a huge crowd had gathered. John 12:9, 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. Mary was not at all afraid of having entered the house and anointing Jesus with her adoration. She was not bothered by any criticism. The house and its surrounding was filled with the fragrance of her love with which she showered Jesus. John 12: 7-8, 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
3. What she did will be remembered throughout the world: Mark: 14:9, 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” This proclamation by Lord Jesus is very important. We self proclaim that we love Jesus. There are several people who hesitate to proclaim their love openly. The fear behind this hesitation is what will people think/say about me. We often forget that even the smallest of our act done for the Lord in full dedication has high value before Him. Mary received the highest appreciation she could have received from Jesus. She is mentioned in all three Gospels.
Judas, who was by then under the grip of Satan said, John 12: 4-6, 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
4. Her name will be mentioned whenever the word of God is preached: We do not read anywhere in the Bible about Jesus proclaiming this, Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. What else can an ordinary woman ask for in return?? What she did will be a witness for the world said Lord Jesus. Today, people do acts not in the name of Jesus. Instead as a show off to show before people, they perform in the name of the Lord. Today children of God are more likely asking from God rather than giving in the name of the Lord.
Matthew 25:40, 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
We have often heard and read a lot about Mary Magdalene, Martha & Mary, Samaritan woman. But not much is written about this ordinary woman.
It is rather regretful that not much is written about this ordinary woman who anointed Jesus with Alabaster. Who we are is not of importance. What is important is what we do for the Lord and the feelings behind them. the act done by this woman was appreciated by Jesus, he said, She has done a beautiful thing to me. What about us???