He foretold the destruction of the Temple and the final judgment.
He mourned over Jerusalem’s pending devastation.
Judas contracted with the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver to betray Jesus.
Then, Jesus and the disciples returned to Bethany to dine at the home of Simon the leper. This must have been a joyous occasion. But it was unlawful to eat with anyone who had leprosy. It’s plausible that the Lord had healed Simon.
So, what happened next?
In ancient Jewish tradition, a mother wove a seamless garment for her son when he left home. Did Mary do this for Jesus? No one knows but I’m pretty sure, if she held to tradition, she must have.
If Mary lovingly created it, Jesus wore it, probably wearing it before His betrayal when He went to Simon the leper’s house. As He reclined at the table, a woman came and broke open her beautiful, alabaster passion box, full of the extremely valuable, perfumed oil of spikenard.
As she lovingly poured it upon Jesus’ head, it likely trickled down His cheeks, seeped into His beard, and gently dripped upon His shoulders, saturating His garment.
In Eastern culture, the garment of the bridegroom was saturated with rich perfumes. As this woman lovingly poured out her precious possession upon the heavenly Bridegroom, it permeated His garment.
Almost as prophetic words, the Shulamite woman says of her beloved in the beautiful Song of Solomon, “While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance.” (SOS 1:12 NKJV)
Don’t you know that through the long hours of His agony in the garden, during His betrayal, in the courtyard of His judgment before Caiaphas and Pilate, and until that garment was removed, Jesus must have breathed in that sweet smell of sacrificial love poured out upon Him, while this scripture likely echoed in His Spirit, “The odor of your ointments is fragrant, your name is like perfume poured out.” (SOS 1:3 Ampc)
As He probably did not wash His hair, the fragrance clung to it. That sweet aroma must have wafted its fragrance of love into His nostrils throughout His torment at the whipping post and while hanging on the cross, more than likely thinking, “This is for all those who will pour out their love on Me.”
Jesus’ sacrifice for our forgiveness and eternal life cost Him His life and was a sweet aroma to God, as scripture says, “God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to Him.” (Eph. 5:2b TLB)*
When you meet with your Beloved, to dine in His presence, to sit and talk with Him, what passion fragrance do you pour out on Him?
Do you pour out the stench of whining, complaining, or bitterness? “What a waste!” as the disciples said.
Or do you pour out that overflow of sweet-smelling love, gratitude, and thanksgiving? Does your Beloved Lord receive it as He did the loving gift of spikenard?
“Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.”
(2 Cor. 2:15 NLT)
~Lord, may the contents of our alabaster hearts and lives be poured out as a pleasing aroma in Your presence.
May alabaster blessings be poured out to you… Lynn