John 12:1-3 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Bethany was a small town in Judea, near Jerusalem.
Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus of Bethany were faithful friends of Jesus and He loved them very much. When he would pass through Bethany on His way to Jerusalem, He would stop by their house.
In this text, we see Martha doing what she loves and that is being hospitable in serving and we see Mary sitting at Jesus feet, which was her favorite place to be when Jesus visit their home.
This day on His visits to the house of His friends it was a day in which they would show Him how much they loved and cared for Him.
Days before the Jewish Passover and Jesus crucifixion we find Mary at the feet of Jesus with an expensive bottle oil that she breaks open and anoints him with and wipe his feet with her hair, which is her form of "Worship" to Jesus.
Mary humbles herself in kneeling at the feet of Jesus is a sign of humility and her pouring her expensive oil upon his feet is a symbol of a sacrificial offering unto the Lord.
According to Judas Iscariot this was a waste of the oil that could have been sold to help the poor.
Jesus reply to Judas in vs#7 was “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it[c] for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
Mary would not always have the opportunity to anoint the Lord's feet with oil and so she had to do it when the opportunity was at hand.
What have you done for Jesus lately? In what way have you honored Him, even today?
Mary anoints Jesus with her most valuable asset, the bottle of anointing oil.
What are you willing to offer Jesus on today that would cost you all that you have? Is it your life as His servant?
Today is the day of sacrificial offering unto the Lord. What are you willing to give up for Jesus?
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