In that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Matthew 26:12
Jesus was in Bethany toward the tail end of his ministry. While there He had a meal in the house of Simon the leper. During the meal, Mary, sister of Lazarus, took a jar of precious ointment and poured it on Jesus’ head and feet. When the disciples saw that the ointment was expensive, they literally became upset. Nah! They became irate.
They wanted to know why she had not sold the ointment and given the profits to the poor. Well, to the dismay of the disciples, instead of rebuking the woman, Jesus applauded her for having the foresight to anoint His body for burial in advance.
There is no question that the disciples took the Lord’s approaching death seriously. However, Mary of Bethany took it very seriously. She believed that when Jesus said something, He meant it! He was soon going to die in Jerusalem, and this was the only clear opportunity to honor Him by anointing His body for burial.
We too must recognize special opportunities that are ever present to honor and serve our Lord. No, we may not have the opportunity to anoint the body of Jesus for burial, but there are many opportunities present, such as visiting the sick, giving to the poor, encouraging someone, or even something as simple as being a listening ear.
Her true motivation can be seen in the tremendous praise that the Lord heaped upon her. With this said, enduring greatness is found only in a life sacrificed wholly in love for Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, I’m sure that most of us have been criticized for doing something good. Yes, we know that there will always be the jealous and the critical, but remember this…do good anyway! Why? Because our Savior Jesus Christ, gets the glory.