Some people know, probably most don’t that my favorite story of the Bible is the story of Mary and Martha, but for different reasons than you would expect. See, everyone looks at Martha being a busy body and Mary sitting at Jesus’s feet. But there is more to these sisters than meets the eye. See, the house was attributed to Martha, not any male or even parents. Jesus spent a lot of time in. Bethany, he loved this family. He did bring Lazarus back from the dead after all. He wept with the people over Lazarus, he spent time at the house while Martha bustled around and Mary… well, Mary just is, in this story, one who sits and soaks.
But there is more. See scholars believe that this same Mary was the one who poured Spikenard on Christ’s head and wiped his feet with her hair. And before men write this off completely, read on.
The perfume was incredibly expensive. It was housed in an alabaster jar. This was most likely her dowry, her future to reel in a great husband… particularly since likely her parents are deceased. See what she does… she throws caution to the wind.
She takes the jar and breaks it and pours it on Jesus. Not just a drop, but pours it on. And as she is moved to tears at her savior and the longing of her heart to serve him, she pours it on his head! Anointing him with such a generous and extravagant gift, Jesus sees this from her heart. He tells the disciples not to stop her or admonish her about supposedly wasting it. No, he doesn’t see this as a waste.
Then takes her head covering off (scandalous!) And wipes his feet with her hair as she is washing them with her tears.
She is a beautifully broken worshiper, and the disciples in the room refer to her as wasteful. So, look harder.
She gave up her future, gave it all to Jesus, every drop. She did this out of worship. She loved Jesus so much that she gave everything. She put her future in his hands completely.
Each day I strive to give everything completely to him. Everything meaning… Every. Thing. How much do I hold back? How much do I keep behind because my standards or my plans look differently than his?
How many blessings do we miss because we won’t break the jar and give our everything?
“Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head.”
Mark 14:3 NLT
Enjoy Cece Winans’ song Alabaster Box