Verse: John 12:1-8
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint 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.

4 But 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.” 6 He 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. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

This lady goes way overboard, right? She takes some very expensive perfume and pours it ALL out on Jesus’ feet. Then, get this, she wipes it off with her hair. What is happening here?

There are some incredible themes of preparing him for his burial here, but what I want to focus on is her act of extravagant worship. You can tell that in this moment, she is overcome with her love for Jesus. All that he has done for her is overflowing from her heart. Just last chapter he raised her brother back from the dead! Think of how grateful she must be!

This morning I’d like to do a practice of gratitude with you. I want you to take a moment to pour some perfume on Jesus (Ok I know that sounded weird, just go with it).

I want you to do what Mary did. So right now, instead of me writing more for you to read, we are going to stop now. Instead, I want to invite you to spend a couple minutes in quiet, and thank God. See if you can come up with 5-10 things to thank him for. Be specific. That’s it!

… know what to do…

Author: Christian Dunn