The Alabaster Vial. Supper in Bethany. 1Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came unto Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.
The Alabaster Vial
1Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came unto Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
2So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.
3Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and, the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. John 12:1-3 NASB
Asked Jesus to tell Mary to help out.
41 “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things:
42 But only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NASB)
1Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” John 11:1-3 (NASB)
We are not told what she meant with this statement.
She was learning the linkage between Jesus and the resurrection.
Could not understand why Jesus had not come to heal their brother.
Shapes the situation to comfort our hearts, draw us closer to him.
"Could he not have kept this man from dying if he could open that blind man's eyes?" John 11:36 (Phillips)
40"Did I not tell you," replied Jesus, "that if you believed, you would see the wonder of what God can do?"
41Then they took the stone away and Jesus raised his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
42I know that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of these people standing here so that they may believe that you have sent me.”
43And when he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
44And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with grave-clothes and his face muffled with a handkerchief. "Now unbind him," Jesus told them, "and let him go home."
Find that expression during the dinner at Simon the leper’s home.
“And it will be said in that day, Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” Isa. 25:9 (NASB)
Jesus’ first visit to the family since the raising of Lazarus.
At today’s wages, the ointment would have been worth $53,000.
Perfume might have been a family heirloom. Bro. Seklemian
Perfume was available to anoint the master.
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head, as he reclined at the table. Matt. 26:6-7 (NASB)
“Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” John 12:3 (NASB)
Mary was the woman, who anointed our Lord’s head and then feet.
Mary humbled herself before her Lord in a way very few have.
“What a picture of loving devotion is here given us! The feet, always recognized as the humblest and lowest members of the human frame--the hair of the head, especially of woman, always recognized as a special treasure and glory to her--here thus brought together in a way which signified that Mary esteemed her Lord and Master as infinitely above and beyond her.” Reprint 3534
Money would come to him and he could steal it.
Could she have been so wrong in what she felt and was trying to do?
6"Leave her alone: why are you troubling her? She has done a most gracious act towards me.
7For you always have the poor among you, and whenever you choose you can do acts of kindness to them; but me you have not always.
8What she could she did: she has perfumed my body in preparation for my burial.
She had done right!
How do we do this?
21He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.
23… If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. John 14:21,23 (NASB)
During his earthly ministry, Jesus mentioned three.
37… YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.
39The second is like it, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
40On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets. Matt. 22:37,39-40 (NASB)
Show our love for Jesus by serving, loving and sacrificing for our brethren as we would do unto Jesus directly.
We should seek them out, be attentive to their needs.
Let us in humility risk our necks, lay down our lives for one another.
Pour out the sweetest perfume of love every chance that we see.
Sweet perfume of their love … also refreshes themselves.
Pour out the sweet perfume of our love wherever we go.