WHAT IS THAT SMELL?
Psa. 45:7-8 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia,
Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.
Solomon said that His name is like oil poured out. There is no other name, or no other person, that compares with Jesus. Even in His humiliation as a man, He was unmistakable to those who had ears to hear and eyes to see. Everywhere He went in His humanity He caused a stir. At the news of His birth all Jerusalem was in an uproar that led to the slaughter of a generation of male children. In Nazareth He was carried outside of town to be stoned until He made a strange escape. The priests were enraged after He cleansed the temple, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead caused the hatred of His enemies to boil over. In the same way, Jesus awakened passion in those who became His followers. His disciples left family, friends, and careers and gave their lives in martyrdom because of the love that had changed their lives. They had been attracted by the fragrance of love and were willing to go anywhere and do anything to taste and share this incredible life.
Today in heaven, His humiliation is over, He is a resurrected, glorified man. The fragrance of His anointing is beyond anything in this earthly realm; it is unmistakeable, incomprehensible, it is totally unspeakable. He is altogether lovely. If we loved Him in His humiliation and in our clouded view of Him in this life, how much more will we be overwhelmed when we see Him as He is. Here is something Spurgeon said of this incredible fragrance of Christ.
“Note that not only is Jesus most sweet, but even his garments are so; everything that he has to do with is perfumed by his person. All his garments are thus fragrant; not some of them, but all; we delight as much in his purple of dominion as in the white of his priesthood, his mantle as our prophet is as dear to us as his seamless coat as our friend. All his dress is fragrant with all sweetness. To attempt to spiritualise each spice here mentioned would be unprofitable, the evident sense is that all sweetnesses meet in Jesus, and are poured forth wherever he is present.”
Mary of Bethany recognized the incredible fragrance and attractiveness of Jesus. Her response, she poured out her prized possession, one pound of spikenard. Mary had sensed the beautiful heavenly aroma on Christ as He prepared to return to His Father in heaven. Her response was a prophetic act. She was declaring with her actions, “This is the Christ. This is the only begotten Son of God. He is altogether lovely. Pour out your love on Him. Pour out your life on Him. He alone can save us from our sins, He alone can satisfy the longings of our souls.”