John 12:1-8

In John 12:1-8  Jesus is hanging out with the disciples in Bethany where Lazarus, Mary and Martha lived.  He has raised His good friend from the dead, and it staying under the radar as the religious leaders want Him dead.  “Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them”.  We’re a week before Passover and Jesus knows all too well that His time on earth is short.  So He relaxes with His dear friends by joining them for a meal.

Things are going along nicely when Mary does something that is way out of the ordinary.  “Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house”.  In the midst of the supper, Mary gave a remarkable gift to Jesus. It wasn’t unusual to wash the feet of a guest, but it was unusual to use very costly oil of to do it, and even more remarkable to wipe the feet with her hair. She considered her precious ointment only good enough for His feet. She used a lot (likely a pound) of a very costly oil.

What seems like a humble and personal gift quickly draws fire from one of Jesus’ disciples.  “Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said, “Why wasn’t this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces.” He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds, but also embezzled them”. Judas was the money guy of the 12, and knew well and good what the value was of the oil Mary dumped on Jesus’ feet.  In fact, it was worth a year’s wages for a working man.  Judas thinks it is a waste, as he is already disenfranchised with the way Jesus is doing things.

Judas indirectly attacks Mary for what he considers a very bad investment. But “Jesus said, “Let her alone. She’s anticipating and honoring the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you. You don’t always have me.” Mary has show deep devotion to Jesus.  And she let down her hair in public, something a Jewish woman would rarely (if ever) do.  She understands the importance of worshiping the Savior.  Mary knew something that the disciples didn’t understand. She knew that Jesus was going to die, and she was compelled to offer this extravagant gift of devotion to Jesus. Mary had more insight than others because she spent time at the feet of Jesus. Are you doing that – sitting and learning at the feet of Jesus?

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