Giving or Taking?
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.
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.[b]” 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.”
9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well
Here we have another incident of Martha serving dinner and Mary, where is she and what is she doing? What she always does, she is mentioned three times in the bible and all three times she is in the same place at Jesus feet.
In Luke 10:38-42, she sat at Jesus’ feet to hear Him teach.
In John 11:32, Mary knelt at the feet of Jesus in sorrow over the death of her brother Lazarus.
Here, in John Chapter 12, Mary is again at Jesus’ feet
Are you spending time at the feet of the savior?
Mary took the expensive ointment and in an act of sacrificial giving poured all of it out on the feet of Jesus. She gave it all. It would never go back into that bottle. She then wiped his feet with her hair.
She gave her best to the Lord, far too often we give the leftovers, or what we can spare. John tells us the small vial was worth a small fortune a year’s income!
Why did she do it? Why so much? Why not some now and some later?
Worship is never partial or just what is required. That is not worship. That may be religion. But it is not worship. Worship is pouring out our whole heart, soul, mind and body before Him who is worthy. It is holding nothing back, laying it all on the altar for him. John makes an important point that the smell of the perfume filled the house.
At this point Judas criticizes Mary’s act of worship but Jesus defends her and reminds us of His ultimate sacrifice giving everything like the perfume being poured out for us holding nothing back.
Mary’s worship filled the house in contrast Judas left the house. Mary was a giver Judas a taker.
Are you giving or taking? running to Jesus or running away from Him?