Walking with Jesus: Monday
Read the Passage: John 12:1–9
What does a life committed to Jesus look like?
John 12: 3- Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair.
Mary breaks one jar of expensive ointment made of pure nard, over the feet of Jesus. John and the other Gospel writers explain that the perfume was worth about one year’s worth of wages. If you want to be conservative, that’s $50,000.
Mark 14:3- ..a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask..
Mary has no intention of saving any of the precious perfume for herself. She is giving it all. She leaves nothing for herself; she’s laying it all down.
John 12:3- The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume
And everyone in that room could see, feel, experience, and smell Mary’s love for Jesus. John writes that the room was filled heavy with the smell of fragrance of Mary’s worship and love for Jesus.
She makes a straight line toward and kneels at what people believed to be the dirtiest part of the human body: the feet.
As if to say: “Lord, at your dirtiest and very worst, you still deserve my very best.”
She lets down her hair. In those days, women let their hair down only in the most private and intimate moments with their husbands.
This would bring about the stares, the whispers, the pointed finger,s the judgment, everyone would bring about stares, and the pointed fingers.Yet, Mary welcomed the shame. She knew exactly what she was getting herself into.
She had counted all the costs and knew that she was not losing anything.
But why? Why does that matter for me? Why should I care? Why should I commit to God? Why should I make Him my treasure? Why should I make Him the focus of my life?
Because the cross tells us that God committed to us first. He loved us first. He made His way toward us first. He made us His treasure first.
Romans 5:8- But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Could you and I take the time tonight to pray about the following things?
- Could we confess to Him our affinity and attachment to our idols?
- Could we pray that He would help us to remember the love of God that brought us near to Him in the first place? For courage? To walk boldly, and in confidence, in full faith of the righteousness we have because of the work of Jesus Christ?