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Message of the Day: Honor The Lord With Our Precious Possessions, He Is Our Priority!

Text: John 12:1-8

Key Verse: John 12:8

For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” (NKJV)

John places this supper on the day before the Triumphal Entry (12:12–15), which could be Saturday evening (see further on Mark 14:3–9). It was probably about a month after Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. They must have been a well–to–do family—the value of the perfume was 300 denarii, about a year’s wages for the average laborer!

Thus, before going on to Jerusalem, Jesus returned to Bethany, where Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived. Mary, believing this was probably the last time Jesus would be with them, showed her devotion by washing his feet with expensive perfume. John and Mark identified the oil or perfume as spikenard (john 12:3; Mark 14:3). it is the name of both a plant and the fragrant oil it yielded.

Since it was very expensive, Mary’s act of devotion was costly. it was also an unusual act, both both because she poured the oil on Jesus’ feet (normally it was poured on the head) and because she used her hair to wipe them (a respectable woman did not unbind he hair in public). Further, it should her humility, for it was a servant’s work to attend to the feet.

Judas objected that the use of expensive perfume in this way was a waste of money. John 12:6 tells us that Judas was dishonest. Yet he must have been thought to be a man of some reliability, for he was keeper of the money bag.

In answer Jesus told his disciples that he would with them only a little longer, then he would be crucified. He saw Mary’s act as a symbolic anointing of his body in preparation for burial. Perfume was normally associated with festivity, but it was also used in burials, and Jesus links it with his burial, which Mary’s act unwittingly anticipates.

Perhaps not a word was said. But Jesus understood Mary’s act. He knew that she was trying to tell Him how her heart ached. Jesus appreciated it so much that He said that what she had done would be told wherever His name would be carried, to the ends of the earth and to the end of time (Matthew 26:13).

What a show of tribute and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ! A precious possession broken and offered to theLord in the most humble way. Today, whenever and wherever people talk about Mary’s act today, Jesus prophecy is being fulfilled. This is an important reminder for us to honor God our most precious possessions. This may refer not just to material possessions. Lastly, this act reminds us that as Jesus’ followers, he must be our first priority.

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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