“Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.”
She had one very precious possession.
“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.”
She could have saved it for herself.
But she chose to give what she had to Jesus.
“She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.”
She could have sold it for three hundred pence.
But money was no comparison to what she desired to do.
“When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.”
She broke her alabaster box so that He could be glorified.
“And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.”
Mary of Bethany also serves as an example that sometimes we must keep things in order to sacrifice them for Christ.
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