18 Oct Mark 14:1- 9

14 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of 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.

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

“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. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

In Mark 14, we see Mary of Bethany come to Jesus as He reclined in a home belonging to Simon the leper. She brings an alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume, breaks the jar, and pours the perfume on Jesus’ head. This act of love can be seen in contrast to the hatred of the chief priests and the teachers of the law in verse 1 who were, “looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill Him.” Jesus is a threat to their position so they can’t wait to destroy Him, so they move, as hatred always does, in the darkness behind the scenes. Mary’s very public act, is an act of loving sacrifice. This gets everyone’s attention and awakened a response in them all. Indignation was strong as we all have seen that some people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Mary did what she could and she did it the only time she would ever have the opportunity to do so. She seems to be the only one who sees that His death is why He was here, and so she anointed Him for His burial. Her act of love was quite memorable as we are talking about it to this very day. What are you doing for Jesus that will live on long after you have gone from this earth. Leave a legacy of love.