John 12:3 (The Message)
The fragrance of the oils filled the house.
Mary and Martha gave a dinner in Jesus’ honor. It would provide Mary an opportunity to express her deep gratitude to Jesus for resurrecting Lazarus, her brother. While everyone else celebrated, Mary “wasted” her precious perfume on His feet. “The fragrance of the oils”—did it linger on Christ’s clothing in the difficult days to come? Fragrance can trigger memories of wonderful (or terrible) events. The Old Testament Tabernacle required a special blend for its worship processes. Prophets anointed Israel’s kings. Wise men offered frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus. James instructs us to anoint the sick with oil and pray for healing. On the cusp of His darkest hour, Jesus experienced a uniquely holy and symbolic moment. Live out the kind of faith that rises as a sweet smelling offering to God.