Matthew 26:6-13 gives a quick summary of this event in Jesus’ ministry. John 12:1-8 gives more detail by telling us that this woman who anointed Jesus the Christ was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, who sat at His feet. When Judas Iscariot and some of the others complained about Mary’s actions, Jesus said: “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me…For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.”
Jesus appreciated Mary’s thoughtfulness, and we can appreciate what her life story has to tell us.
1. Mary listened at the feet of Jesus. How did Mary know that Jesus was about to suffer greatly? How did she know that He was about to die and be buried? Mary knew because she sat at the feet of Jesus. She spent time with Him. She listened to His words.
Before Jesus went to the cross, Mary took the time to give Him much-deserved attention by anointing His feet and wiping them with her hair. We too can sit at the feet of Jesus (not literally) but by reading His Word. Jesus speaks to us today just as He spoke to the people He met when He walked on earth.
The more time we spend in God’s Word with Jesus, the more we will love Him and the more we will appreciate Him. Our actions will then show just how much we love and are faithful to Him. We will richly praise Him without any regard to the criticism of others.
2. Mary did a good work for Jesus. She lavishly gave to the One Who was about to die for her sins and the sins of the whole world. Because Christ has done the greatest work for us, we need to do good work for Him.
How can we do good work for Jesus today? By feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, taking care of the sick, and loving the orphans, the homeless, and the hurting. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Jesus also told His disciples, “For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.” The best way to show our love for God is by loving people.