This week between Palm Sunday and Easter is called Holy Week. Each day of this week, Jesus was drawn closer to the cross, closer that day that won our redemption and our victory. But each day is a day closer to the emotional and spiritual pain of His betrayal, and closer to physical pain and death of cross.
Each day is one day closer.
And each day this week, we will remember what He went through. I was talking yesterday at Asbury, to truly understand how amazing the empty grave of Sunday is, we must stop and remember the pain and hurt of the bloody cross.
Today on this Monday of Holy Week, John 12 tells us what happened to Jesus:
Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
There are lots of different thoughts at to the significance of the perfume Mary used. Some say could have been part of the dowry for marriage. Some say it could have been part of a family tradition. I’ve heard lots of stories and sermons about what all the perfume represented, and I don’t know the answer to it.
But I do know this. This perfume was the most valuable thing Mary owned. This was worth more than anything she owned or could have owned.
And she willing laid it at the foot of Jesus. Literally. This perfume of great worth only found in its true worth in being used to anoint Jesus.
Today, what is that thing of great worth in your life? What is that prized possession? Is it of more worth to you than Jesus? Or course, publicly, we’d all say “Of course not!” But what about privately? What about when no one is looking? What about when’s it just us and our thoughts?
Today, Mary showed us an example. Nothing was worth more than Jesus to her. Nothing.
May we see that example, and may we follow. Jesus laid everything down for our sake and for our salvation. May we lay it all down for His glory.
He is our greatest prize and possession. And nothing compares to Him.