359 Costly Love

“When (Jesus) was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head” (Mark 14:3).

I love this story. A woman so in love with Jesus that she was willing to break all the conventions of her day, open herself up to ridicule and humiliation, and sacrifice something of great value. John tells us this woman was Mary, sister of Lazarus who was present at this dinner as well as her sister Martha, though it was obviously not in their home (John 12:1-3).

Did Mary love Jesus in a physical sense? How easy that would be. Your Son walked this earth as the perfect man, as You intended all men to be. Perhaps she was wanting to repay the great blessing He had brought to her family, especially the raising of Lazarus. Was her family maybe connected to Simon in whose house the incident happened? Simon must have been healed from leprosy, most likely by Jesus. Mark specifically mentioned that this was his house and Martha was helping with the serving as usual. I don’t know the answer to these things, but because of the effect this incident has had on uncounted readers over the centuries, I know Mary was led by Your Holy Spirit to do it and she was willing to obey.

How I long in my heart to have such unconditional love for You. To hear and obey Your Spirit without thought of the consequences.

Keep walking with Me, My child. Your love is growing.

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