Mary of Bethany

Mark 14:3-9
3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.
6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. 9 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
That is what life (here on earth or in eternity) is all about. It’s about worship. Real worship, which we see infrequently on sunday mornings (it’s NOT about singing songs, it’s about pouring out what you are at the feet of Jesus).

Mary gave her all for Jesus. She sat at his feet instead of worrying about preparing a meal like her sister Martha. In today’s churches, Martha would be a hero, and Mary would be criticized to no end. I truly feel sorry for so many christians who’s only concept of a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus is some fuzzy and distant theology, and doing a bunch of things for “church.” It also said that she was one of the women who followed Jesus, taking care of His practical needs. She got one good look at who He is, and she threw everything she had and everything she was at His feet.

She was a small and insignificant creature (like us all), but she gave a whole burnt offering… she gave her whole life to Jesus. This is what make the whole DaVinci Code so maddeningly stupid. To take the relationship Mary had with Jesus (which is an good example for us all) and make it into a physical thing cheapens it beyond recognition.

Mary of Bethany is my hero. Not Paul, not Peter, not any apostle. I like Paul and John because of the quality of relationship they had with Jesus. I like David for the same reason. I like Mary so much because that’s ALL SHE HAD. She didn’t do any great exploits. She didn’t conquer the nations. She never preached. Yet she had something greater than any other women who ever lived, possibly even Mary, the Lord’s mother. She worshipped Jesus and had a life of devotion like no other. She sat at His feet, and that was the thing she esteemed the most.

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