“Let her alone. Why do you trouble her?”
– Mark 14:6
As we follow Jesus’ footsteps to the cross, arrangements of betrayal were being made. The chief priests and scribes were plotting to kill Him, and they employed Judas Iscariot to help them. Not only that, but their hatred was also so deeply rooted, they desired to have Him humiliated. He would be crucified on a cross. What could cause the human heart to carry this type of hatred for another? In this case, as Pilate knew, it was out of envy.
While preparations for Jesus’ death were being plotted, arrangements for His burial were already being made. A woman, we are told, brought an expensive flask full of costly perfumed oil and anointed Jesus with it. What could have been the most precious thing to her was used for the Master. What everyone else around her thought was wasted became her memorial. Anything done with the right heart for Christ is never lost.
Who told this woman to anoint Jesus in this fashion? What would cause her to make this kind of sacrifice to serve Jesus? It could be the Holy Spirit revealed to her what He was about to do. She, with the thief on his cross, would cry, “Lord, remember me when You come into your kingdom.” What a compliment she received from the Master when He acknowledged, “She has done what she could.”
To the eye of reason, this woman’s actions were misunderstood, and she was criticized by blinded understanding. The disapproval of others should never cause us to pause in serving Jesus. When the Holy Spirit gives the command, we must go and fulfill it! It is God and Him alone that we serve! What has the Lord asked us to sacrifice in service to Him? May we perform it and hear Christ say of us…they have done all they could!
“She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
– Mark 14:8-9