March 29, 2010

Sweet Mary, and her anointing.

This is such a special week. It is the week that we can lend our thoughts to the week before Christ was crucified. Some don't like to dwell on the happenings of Christ before the crucifixion. I find it such a blessing, it reminds me of what Christ did for me. This week I will carve out a time to watch the Passion as I have done the last couple of Easters. This scripture below is where my devotional is today. Jesus has arrived in Bethany, with those shouting adoration all around him. Many of those voices shouting for him as he enters the town on a donkey will turn into voices shouting against him in just a matter of days. Christ loved them no matter what they were shouting. Sweet Mary poured perfume on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet to dry with her own hair. She was anointing her LORD, her Rabbai, her Teacher for burial. She loved him so. This "Mary" is Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus.

John 12

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5"Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages.[b]" 6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. " It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."

9Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.