Amazing Grace how sweet is the sound, I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I see!
May 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
Could we take a recess out of our busy schedule and contemplate on the message from John 12:3-8
‘Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. Therefore Jesus said, “Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. “For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
In all contexts Judas was the architect of the idea he whispered it to his neighbours and others picked it without knowing what his intention was. Bad ideas are contagious and are popular too. They can easily win people who want others to think for them.
Another thing to note here is that the act done by Mary was so special to Jesus. Jews had a tradition of anointing dead bodies before their burial. You will remember that Jesus was crucified on the sixth day of the week, we call it Good Friday (it wasn’t good Friday, it was bloody Friday!) Israelites used to call it preparation day, He died at the time it wasn’t possible to anoint his body as he was buried close to the entry of the Sabbath day (a holy day of worship according to the 10 Commandments of God). Mary His mother resolved therefore to anoint His body after the Sabbath i.e. first day of the week we now call it Easter or Sunday to allow them rest as the commandment of God requires. We all know what happened on Sunday early in the morning when His mother and other women went to Jesus sepulcher. Their mission was not to find out whether Jesus had risen from the dead, they wanted to anoint his body to fulfill their tradition and respect to the body of Jesus.
Mary of Magdala (Magdala was a small city very popular by then and Mary used to conduct her business there) anointed Jesus body at Simon’s house and made it ready for burial. No any other human had a privilege to anoint Jesus except this harlot. What a God of mercy we have!! What an amazing grace! He saves us on the merit of His blood not for what we have done, because our righteousness is like filthy rags in His eyes. At Simons the rest hated this prostitute but Jesus saves to the utmost. He is so merciful to us He died for a sinner; He came to save the lost. If Jesus gave everything for me and you what shall we give back to Him? A contrite heart is the answer. Enjoy your day and God bless your heart!