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Pour out something expensive

John 12 records the story of Mary, the sister of Lazarus, who took a pound of nard and anointed the feet of Jesus with it.  Nard was a perfume imported from the Himalayas to Palestine, and in those days it was very expensive.  Judas Iscariot, eyeing the expense, appraised it at 300 denarii, which was about a year’s wage for a working man.  In today’s economy, that’d be around $60,000.

The Bible says she used a pound of ointment.  Even if that were the Roman pound of 12 English ounces, that’s still a lot of perfume.  Anyone looking at the practicality of this would have agreed with Judas: It was a ridiculously costly waste.

Except that this was for Christ.  And this stuff was going upon feet that just a few days hence would be nailed to the cross for her.  And you.  When Mary wiped his feet with her hair, she didn’t degrade herself.  He’s the King of Kings, and as a matter of fact, he is worth it.  And there was never a woman whose hair had a sweeter fragrance than hers after she did that.

Maybe you’ve got something costly you’ve been holding onto.  Maybe you could think about emptying the whole thing upon Jesus, then take a whiff of the air around you.

One Comment

  1. Lovely post …on several levels. You last sentence reminded me of a quote from Richard Wurmbrand (the Romanian Evangelical minister who spent 14 years in communist gulags)

    “A flower, if you bruise it under your feet, rewards you by giving you its perfume” Richard Wurmbrand

    Thought you might be interested in my post on spikenard, if you haven’t seen it already:

    Posted on 18-May-10 at 10:08 am | Permalink

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