Unleashing Love

Focus passage John 12:1-8
Holy Monday April 10, 2017

Focus passage: Then Mary took an extraordinary amount, almost three-quarters of a pound of very expensive perfume made of pure nard.  She anointed Jesus’ feet with it, then wiped his feet dry with her hair.  The house was filled with the aroma of the perfume. John 12:3

John gives the perfume anoint-er a name, unlike the other gospel writers.  She is Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus.  John gives her context.  Mary and her siblings are having Jesus over for dinner, soon after Jesus has raised Lazarus from the dead.  It is here that Mary brings in a jar full of costly nard and unleashes this powerful scent into the room, over powering any lingering scent of death and it takes over everything.  

Surely she did it out of gratitude; surely she did it because in that moment, as in many moments prior to this one, she saw the presence of God in a powerful way in Jesus.  She did it because, ultimately, he did come, and he listened, and he wept and he cared and he brought life back to her brother.

Jesus did the unbelievable and so in this moment she does the unbelievable as well.  She gets the bottle worth a year’s wages and pours it all on her Savior’s feet, this extravagant gift.

Can you imagine having someone lost and dead, restored and brought back to you?  

When has Christ offered you newness or restoration?

During this week we contemplate the cost of discipleship.  We may like Judas question the waste of this gift out loud or we may also marvel at her faithfulness.  

Pray for God to help you to respond to the power of resurrection today. 


Prayer:  God walk with me through this week of betrayal, denial, desertion and crucifixion.  In the noise and busy-ness of my day may I remember to stay grounded in your love. Amen.

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