And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.
Matthew 26:6-7 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.26.6-7.NKJV
This woman poured perfume upon Jesus.
And not a little, she saved none, but used it all.
Mark 14:3 NKJV — And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.
The Bible doesn’t tell us how much perfume this flask held, but it does include it’s value: very costly.
And this woman’s sacrifice was honored by Jesus.
Mark 14:6 NKJV — But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.
Mark 14:8 NKJV — “She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.”
Throughout the next few days; the soldiers by night, the unjust trial and beating at the Priest’s home, the interrogation of Pilate, the mocking of King Herod, the cruel and disgusting scourging, and then the walk to where He would be nailed to a tree, the fragrance of the spikenard was still on Him.
Or if the perfume couldn’t over power the stench of the betrayal, lies, and undeserved punishment, the memory.
Mark 14:9 NKJV — “Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
His body had been anointed by her selfless act; it was only a tiny hint of the anointing God was going to pour out through Jesus’s.
Because through His death and Resurrection, we have salvation and the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:1-3 NKJV — When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
As we celebrate Easter, let us never grow weary of dwelling upon the enormity of the gift we have been given.
Nothing so costly has ever been nor ever will be comparable to His.
Truly, a fragrance far lasting, past death and into eternal life.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for this woman’s anointing You. How full of joy she must have been to be able to give You something! Lord, the best and most costly gift I can give is my heart and life. I want to offer it to You spotless and perfect, but I can not. Please take my gift and make it beautiful through Your blood and Your Word. Please continue to hone my heart, that I might not sin against You. Thank You for forgiving me of my sin. Lord, I am so thankful for Your love and Your gift of salvation! I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.