"Remembered and Discussed" OR "Remembered in Disgust!"
She knew what she would do. She had to do it. HE meant so much to her and this would be her way of showing Him just how much. She would do it!
She walked into the house. It wasn't her home, but she entered as though it was. She was a woman with a mission. She had her alabaster jar; she had seen it every day for years as it sat in the same place ....waiting to be chosen, broken and poured out....on her...but it was not to be. The valuable, fragrant contents would be poured out on the Worthy One, on Jesus!
She approached Him, walking past His disciples. They looked at her with questions on their faces: "Who is this woman?" "Why is she here?" What does she have in her hands?" And then, with throught-motivated movements, she opened the jar and began pouring the expensive contents on His head. She was anointing Him.
The disciples couldn't react quick enough. By the time words found their way from their thoughts to their mouths the deed was done. All the oil had been poured out. Jesus was anointed. She had done what she purposed to do: give her best, pour out her future onto Him. She smiled. "Whaaaat....what have you done?!" The words flowed from the disciples mouths piercing the quite moment with anger. "Whhhhhy, we could have sold the contents of your alabaster jar and given the proceeds to the poor......(you foolish woman!)" Those last words were not uttered but breathed out in their disgust of her.
Jesus spoke into their disdain. "Who are you to criticize her for doing such a good thing? Opportunities to help the poor are before you every day. But you will not always have Me here. She has poured this perfume on Me to prepare My body for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be remembered and discussed."
And here we are, today, remembering and discussing her deed. The disciples were "in disgust" with her for the 'waste.' They were repremanded by Jesus Himself for this.
And you: What does what she did mean to you? Anything? What life-lesson is taught by this interaction between the woman and her Lord?
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