"That perfume was worth a small fortune." John 12:5
I like the retelling of the story of Mary of Bethany and her alabaster jar sung by Lillie McCloud. She is able to capture the poignancy of the moment when Mary pours this precious oil, this expensive perfume on Jesus' feet. Mary's offering was worth a year's wages, 300 denarii we are told, and came from far away, a place in Northern India. Was Mary so rich that she could afford to just give this away? But she broke her beautiful container to get every ounce of that ointment to wash Jesus' dirty feet with. And she wiped it with her long unbound hair. Why?
The song goes, "Though she spoke no words, everything she said was heard, as she poured her love for the Master from her box of alabaster. I've come to pour my praise on him, like oil from Mary's alabaster box...I can't forget the way life used to be. I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound and I spent my days, poured my life without measure into a little treasure box I'd thought I'd found. Until the day Jesus came to me and healed my soul with the wonder of His touch. So now I'm giving back to Him all the praise He's worthy of. I've been forgiven and that's why I love Him so much!"
Do we realize how much God loves us that we are willing
to respond to Him with an extravagant love?
A love that costs us something?
Are we aware of God's forgiveness and mercy that we desire
to be wildly generous and give God the best of us, our "first fruits"?
In John 12:3, it described that the whole house was filled with fragrance.
Although Mary did not say anything,
every one who was there (except Judas!) knew that
Mary was offering a pure worship to Jesus.
Lord, I am so unworthy, and so lacking in gratitude.
As the Lenten season comes to a climax this next week,
help me to see Your face more fully,
and the sacrifice You offered on the cross for me.
Help me to love You with a wildly generous love,
the same love You have for me! I do not deserve this love Lord,
but You surround me with it!
Thank you Lord!!!!
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