by: John Price
John 12:3-8 3 Then Mary took about a pint 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. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
For anyone who encounters
the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, there is a desire for deep worship created. Like Mary, it draws us to His feet, to sit before the King, and share our heart of gratitude for all that He has done. It was her brother Lazarus who Christ raised from the dead and It was Jesus who conquered the grave for you and I. We were once dead in our sin, but now through Jesus Christ, we are free for all eternity.
For a moment Let's consider her act of love. She took the spikenard an amber-colored essential oil derived from a flowering plant of the valerian family which grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. Today, the idea of this special oil's travel to you and I don't seem like much, but In Mary's day, it was not a gift to be wasted. All commentaries and research that I find say that its value was that of a Years Wage. Wow, can you imagine? Lets for a moment stop, close our eyes and picture our year's income. Most of us struggle at times with obedient giving, but to write that check, a years wage, puts things in a whole different perspective. Judas had only love for himself and his own selfish gain. Mary had encountered the unselfish love and resurrection power of Jesus. It's that love that compels us to surrender. It's that love that causes one to be willing to give it all away and follow Jesus. I pray today that we too will return to His feet and thank Him for all that He has given. His gift of Salvation is priceless. We can not earn it, but at His feet, we can receive it.