Abandoned Affection Releases Full Fragrance
John 12:1-11

Mary at Bethany is one who hosts the LORD’s presence with her abandoned affection bringing sweet aroma into the presence. There is a dinner at the house of Simon to host Jesus Who has just resurrected the brother of Mary. While her sister serves and her brother sits with Jesus, Mary shows her affection. She breaks an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard and pours it on Jesus’ head (Matthew and Mark’s account) and Jesus’ feet (John’s account). Mary thinks nothing of breaking the jar instead of simply opening it.

And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. John 12:3

Judas Iscariot is one whose religious spirit objects to costly affection. What a waste of devotion, says his spirit of religiosity. Why the waste, asks his spirit of hypocrisy.

Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. John 12:4

John records that Judas Iscariot is not speaking from a heart of caring for the poor, instead, he is an embezzler of the common fund which he is a keeper of.

Jesus is One Who delights in abandoned affection. He defends Mary.

Leave her alone, He says. It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of My burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me. John‬ ‭12:7-8‬ ‭

And Jesus honours her who honours Him.

Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. Mark‬ ‭14:9‬ ‭

Whose spirit is ours more inclined to? An abandoned extravagant devotion to Jesus out of brokenness? Or a judgmental religious hypocrisy out of self-gain?

 

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