Today’s word is ” FRIENDSHIP”. God loves His friends. This woman disciple knows what friendship and love really mean. She is the only one in the history recorded in the New Testament who has shown her great love for the Lord, Jesus, before He went to the cross. How could she love Him so much to the extent she decided to give away her most precious gift, (which was her life-saving for her own wedding)? A woman without such a wedding endowment was beyond ration and reason in those days. She did not stand a chance to be married. The other disciples were stunned at her action. She broke the bottle of the most expensive fragrance and anointed Jesus. And Jesus commended her. And just as Jesus has promised this woman was duly recorded in the Holy Bible. Today we read the passage of this woman’s love for the Lord, her best friend.
(My notes are in bold letters and italics. The Scriptures Mark 14:1-21 are quoted from the Holy Bible New Living Translation and boldness on some verses are added.)
The occasion: two days before Jesus was arrested and killed.
It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”
The timing: This woman disciple came. She did what she had to do. With courage and confidence that she was doing the right thing. She had the Spirit of wisdom and revelation and truly knew God. Jesus said, the words He spoke, they are life, they are spirit. She heard His words and believed. The words stayed in her. She obeyed God and not fear man.
3 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating,[a] a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head.
The audience: Walking by flesh and not by the Spirit. They looked at the physical and started counting cost. They were jealous, insulted and tried to belittle her. They were still thinking of political power to control others, social position and popularity among men.
4 Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked. 5 “It could have been sold for a year’s wages[b] and the money given to the poor!” So they scolded her harshly.
The Lord: Jesus knew them. He saw the hearts. He knew they would betray Him in two days’ time. He also knew they did not know the extent of God’s love at that time. He had spoken of LOVE to them before but they were hardened in their hearts. The seeds of God’s love did not grow to bear the hundred-fold yield as in this woman’s heart (good and perfect soil for God’s love). The woman knew Jesus as her best friend. Jesus would lay down His life for her. She was the only one who prepared good soil in her heart and allowed His Word Seed to grow and bring a return of a hundred times!
6 But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me? 7 You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. 9 I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”
John 15:13-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.