Bacon, Eggs and God
And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
The disciples criticized Mary for the precious ointment she poured on Jesus’ head, because they viewed her action as being excessive and wasteful. Conversely, the Lord commended her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. Nothing is ever wasteful or excessive when done for Jesus.
Mary gave her best; she kept no portion of the expensive ointment in reserve. Jesus would soon be crucified; he was going to give his all for her and she was compelled to do no less for him. Jesus said, She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Mary was not commanded to give her all, but her love for Jesus caused her to do so.
What determines the moral character of a work? Not the work itself, its amount or its cost, but the motive. Love was her motive. Mary did not ask anyone’s permission to anoint the Lord with the spikenard. It was done by her choosing; a decision guided by her free will. The act itself was one of self-denial. Mary was not seeking self-aggrandizement, but her act of loving kindness will be remembered forever and ever.
Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
Wherever this gospel was to be preached, wherever it was to be proclaimed that there are good tidings, wherever it was made known that there is mercy and eternal life for humankind, her significant act would be spoken of. She saw the truth; she proclaimed herself a believer in him and was counted as a disciple of him. Mary paid homage to the character and office of Jesus Christ. Without this quality, we could not understand the special mention by the Savior and why it should be a memorial to all generations.
One never has to be concerned with going to extremes when it has to do with Jesus Christ. You can never give too much praise, worship, adoration and service to him.