Mary’s Act of Worship

So we are halfway through Holy Week. Good Friday and Easter are before us. Previously, Jesus was teaching the people but on this day He was at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus.  However, the religious Jews are moving ahead with their evil plan. They want to get rid of Him by any means necessary.

While Jesus was having dinner, a woman entered the house. She was an uninvited guest but she was not there to interact with the people who lived there.  Luke 8:2 NKJV describes her as “Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons.” Mary knew what her life was like before Jesus made a difference; and she chose this day to show her gratitude.

While He was eating dinner, she came with an expensive bottle of perfume. They estimated the cost of the perfume to be equivalent to a year’s salary. However, she took that perfume and anointed the feet of Jesus. She washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. As she did this, the house was filled with the aroma of the perfume. For Mary, this was an act of worship.

When Judas saw what she was doing, he became angry! What a waste of expensive perfume he thought. Judas said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. John 12:5-6 NLT. Jesus knew his heart so He said, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” Verses 7-8.  Judas saw everything from the value that the item brought into his life. He didn’t care about Mary’s act of worship or what that meant for Jesus and His burial.

This, for Judas, led him to go in search for some easy money. He decided to get that money from the religious Jews whose desire was to kill Jesus. He walked with Jesus but never knew Him. He loved the money so he never understood the value of worshipping Jesus.

Thought for Today: Friend, take time to worship God

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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