“Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.””
The anointing of Mary’s expensive perfume over Jesus’ feet may have seemed a waste to the likes of Judas (who wanted to profit for his own gain, v6), but it actually represented a greater purpose. This event actually took place only a few days before Jesus’ crucifixion. Although the text does not state that Mary’s intentions had anything to do with Jesus’ death, it is alluded to by Jesus Himself. He knew that in a few days He would sacrifice Himself for mankind. As was the tradition, after the person had been declared deceased, they poured anointing oil to avoid a bad smell until their burial. What Mary may not have realised, was that anointing Jesus was a prophetic act of preparing Jesus for His imminent death. Jesus knew that His hour would soon come.
Yet that was not the end. The fact that Lazarus, whom Jesus recently raised from the dead, was sitting with them at the table, highlights Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Jesus’ death was not the end, but the beginning of new life.
Let us remember today that our God is alive. His grace a sweet smelling aroma that flows through our own lives. Our priority should always be to put Jesus at the center of our lives, even it means that there is a great cost to pay. In truth, no cost can out-weigh the greatness of what awaits His beloved children. Jesus is not dead, He is alive. He love and grace in us is a sweet fragrance that should be smelt wherever we are. Let us put our lives back into perspective and re-align our selves with Christ at the center.
The relationship of Mary and Judas with Jesus provides two contrasts of true and false relationships. Mary completely sold out for Jesus, and Judas a liar and deceiver. Let us chose truth and give our lives completely to Jesus, running away from falsehood and deceit.