Sunday, November 04, 2007

A Memorial of Her

3And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
4And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
7For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
8She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
9Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

Mark 14:6, King James Version

A Memorial of Her

I find it quite interesting that Jesus chose to memorialize this woman, Mary the sister of Martha. As a matter of fact, this particular occurrence is also recorded in Matthew 26:6-13 and John 12:1-7. What are we to learn about Mary anointing Jesus with spikenard (a fragrant oil from the root of a plant of the ginseng family)?

Never take lightly, in both your prayer life and in your daily living, the importance of praising and honoring God. Take some quiet time alone just meditating on God and on His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Though it is a song we usually sing at Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful is a song we should sing all year long. Look at the words of verse 3:

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heav'n above;
Glory to God in the hightest.

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All the citizens of heaven adore Him, and so must we! In my own personal experience these times of adoration are often what draw me closest to Christ.

Though it was just another dinner to the people at the house of Simon the leper, God used Mary to anoint Jesus for His burial.

Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

God Bless You,
Linda

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