REFLECTING HIS LOVE
Song of Solomon 1:12 While the king [sitteth] at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.
The Gospel of John captures a scene in Bethany that was one of great awe. Jesus sat at the supper table with friends along with Lazarus whom He raised from the dead. This event had to be memorialized with no less than what it represented. “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.- John 12:3.” Mary’s very costly gesture (in the eyes of men) was for One about to pay the Ultimate Price for mankind.
Only a thief, Judas Iscariot in this case, would find indignation with such an act of love and humility most symbolic of all our Lord was about to do through His death on the Cross. Jesus’ response to Judas’ ire was simple, “Let her alone.” Permit her, allow her, and do not hinder or cloud the reflection of glory being exhibited. Mary had reserved and guarded the costly ointment for this purpose.
A Burial would take place in a matter of hours and the preparation was already made in purity. The Son of God, the Perfect Sacrifice, the Lamb without blemish slain from the foundation of the world was about to demonstrate the Perfection of God’s Strength through Weakness. He would draw all mankind into Himself and fully harness the force of sin that the world through Him might be saved. Our very best in appreciation for His Best!
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. – I Corinthians 6:20.