Giving Jesus Our Best

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.  There they made him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

John 12:1-3

In this passage, we find Mary doing something very special for Jesus.  She gave Him the best she had.

He was with Lazarus, Mary and Martha at a supper before the passover and Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with a pound of “very costly” ointment.  She then went on to wipe His feet with her hair.  Both of those things show us something important about the gifts of Mary and both show us the level of giving that we need to attain.

In verse five, Judas says that ointment was worth 300 pence.  From what I can find, the pence was roughly equivalent to one days wage.  So, 300 pence would equal roughly 300 days wages.  That’s a lot of money!  In modern terms, a common labourer would probably make $30,000 or so in 300 days of working.  That was “very costly” ointment!  She gave Him the best that she had.

She also washed His feet with her hair.  Women usually take pride in their hair.  The fact that Mary stooped to wash Jesus’ feet with her hair shows that she was humble and that she truly loved Jesus and gave Him the best she had.

Mary gave us a great example of giving.  She gave Jesus her best and she gave Jesus everything she had.  We should do no less.

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