In his gospel John records the incident in eight short verses – and yet Jesus says that what happened in those moments would be retold over and over and over until His second coming.
Mere days before His arrest, trial and crucifixion, Jesus dined at the Bethany home of Simon the Leper. The twelve disciples were there, along with Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Imagine sitting at the table with a man who had been raised from the dead – and also with the one who had raised him.
As Martha served a delicious family meal, the conversation was undoubtedly animated and intriguing as the men who reclined with Jesus heard stories (don’t you know Lazarus had a story to tell!) and asked questions. However, it was still pretty typical of what had occurred for the last three years; one might even say it was “routine”.
That is, until Mary busts open the perfume.
At that point the dialogue in the room took an entirely different turn:
- They accused her, Jesus acknowledged her
- They criticized her, Jesus complemented her
- They cried, “waste!”, Jesus declared “wonderful”
I look forward to sharing a message this Sunday entitled, “A Wonderful Waste.” In preparation for our time of study, let me encourage you to read John 12:1-8 and the parallel passages in Matthew 26:6-13 and Mark 14:1-11.
(Please note: a similar event occurs in Luke 7:37-39 but it is a different place, a different time, and a woman of a distinctly different reputation)
Sunday is going to be a special day! Pastor John Molloy will be baptizing; we will be recognizing our new 6th graders; one of our youth will be praying for the offering; and who knows what may happen during the sermon.
P.S. This Sunday is the last of the Summer Single Services. Two Sundays from now, on August 23, we will return to our regular 9:00am and 10:45am services (Spanish service at 1:15pm)
“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”
Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others