Day 3 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross: John 11:1-8
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, the one Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for Him there; Martha was serving them, and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of fragrant oil—pure and expensive nard—anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped His feet with her hair. So the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot (who was about to betray Him), said, “Why wasn’t this fragrant oil sold for 300 denarii and given to the poor?” He didn’t say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of the money-bag and would steal part of what was put in it.
Jesus answered, “Leave her alone; she has kept it for the day of My burial. For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
What a beautiful, humble way for Mary to express her love to Jesus! Reminiscent of Samuel anointing the head of David, signifying God’s choice for King of His people, Mary chose to anoint Jesus as King of Kings and poured out her love on his feet. Then she proceeded to wipe off the oil with her hair.
As Mary did, we wanted to give Jesus our love. So, we made hearts for Jesus, specially designed with each child’s creativity.
And, as we closed our time together as a family, this was our prayer of praise to our Savior:
Jesus we love you! You are our King! Amen.