Today’s Reading: John 12:1-11
Then Mary took a pound of fragrant oil-pure and expensive nard-anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped His feet with her hair. So the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Because Jesus has given all of Himself for us, we can give all of ourselves for Him. Six days before the Passover, the day of Jesus’ Crucifixion, Mary of Bethany pours out her most prized possession, an expensive nard, out on the Lord’s feet. This generous act of worship causes the entire house to be filled with the fragrance of the oil. At 300 denarii, the nard would have cost a year’s wages. Judas Iscariot (who later would betray Jesus) remarked that this gift was a waste to have used in this way. But Mary deems Jesus a worthy recipient of this costly gift. She so exalts Jesus that for her this oil seems only worthy to touch His blessed feet. Every drop of the oil flows freely from her hands to prepare the Lord for His burial. What some would have considered precious she uses for the sake of Whom she valued above all things.
Mary’s lavish gift is extreme. Only after we compare what Christ will give for Mary’s sake does her gift make sense. For the Lord knew that He would not only leave behind His Heavenly throne to draw near to us, but also give His life to save us. Why shouldn’t He Who would give His life be given all that is precious and dear? Our lives into eternity are that precious to Jesus. And like Mary’s bottle of expensive oil, our lives are best used when they are poured out upon the One Who has earned for us Salvation. All that we can give to Christ could never compare to what He has already done for us. But like a beautiful fragrance that fills the room, giving ourselves to the Lord wholeheartedly is pleasing to Him. How much of your heart, soul, mind, and strength have you given to Jesus, the Redeemer of your soul?
Wonderful Lord, You are so faithful. You are the Lover of my soul and have by Your Grace preserved me for eternity with You. Thank You for being compassionate and kind. Thank You for showing me what true Love looks like. Thank You for the Sacrifice You made through Your Son Jesus. There is nothing that I have done to deserve this gift. There is nothing I could do to repay You fully for it. But I receive it gratefully. Teach me how to give my whole self for Your Glory. Teach me how to live my life in the way which please You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN.
Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Ephesians 4:17-32; Ezekiel 12-13; Isaiah 43