Mary’s Love

We heard a great sermon in our church today – Thanks Pastor Hart!

The text came from the Gospels. We looked at Mark 14:3-9 (and the other gospel accounts that correspond)

“And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Pastor Hart reminded us that the woman in this passage is actually Mary (sister of Martha and Lazarus). I love to see her unashamed, unguarded, full-out love for Jesus in this passage. Jesus called the act a beautiful thing done to Him. Don’t you want to love Jesus like that? Remember when she sat at Jesus’ feet to learn from him and Jesus said that she chose the better thing. At the end of the Mark passage Jesus said that wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she did will be told in memory of her. What an awesome testimony! I also love that Jesus rebukes the complainers and defends Mary and her act. Do you think she knew she was preparing his body for burial? I wonder what she thought when she heard Jesus say that?

We were also shown the contrasting hypocrisy of those gathered and in particular of Judas, but for now, the love that Mary had for her Savior shines brightest as I reflect on the sermon.

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