7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.
It’s interesting to note, this account as seen in chapter 12 occurs six days before Passover. There’s a direct correlation between the Old Testament’s Passover events and that of Jesus’ crucifixion. On the same day (10th day of the first month) the Israelites had to choose an unblemished lamb to be slaughtered for there sins. Jesus (being sinless and a substitute for the unblemished lamb) entered Jerusalem on a donkey. On the 14th day of the first month, the unblemished lamb had to be offered for the sins of the Israelites. On the 14th day Jesus was crucified for the sins of the whole world – once and for all.
It is with this in mind, that Jesus told the disciples; Mary saved the perfume (which was equivalent to one year’s of wages (v. 5) for his burial to show her respect and unconditional love towards him. Through this selfless and loving act of Mary, we can now join in Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and know we too stand blameless before God due to what Jesus did on the cross for us (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for a renewed sense of the Holy Spirit with you.