Jn:12:3 Mary then took a pound of very expensive 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.
I was effected twice by worship during the time of my conversion. First, it was that irresistible attraction of Jesus music on the lakefront in New Orleans. Teenagers playing their folk guitars and singing some Jesus songs became irresistible to me. It wasn’t because of skillful musicians or talented singers, there was literally something in the music that grabbed me and drew me in. Secondly, the singing in the Spirit in the first meeting I attended. I went from thinking it was Catholics chanting in Latin, to demons trying to cast a spell on me. Then I became strangely aware of the presence in the music. God was living and breathing in this music and I was totally caught up by His love.
In today’s verse, Mary of Bethany is worshipping the Lord; she is washing His feet with her tears and hair and anointing His head with very expensive ointment. John said the atmosphere of the whole house was effected by this worship. Here is how Barclay describes this scene.
“But there is something else about love here. John has the sentence: ‘The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.’ We have seen that so many of John’s statements have two meanings, one which lies on the surface and one which is underneath. Many fathers of the Church and many scholars have seen a double meaning here. They have taken it to mean that the whole Church was filled with the sweet memory of – Mary’s action. A lovely deed becomes the possession of the whole world and adds to the beauty of life in general, something which time cannot ever take away.”
The message in this story is quite simple, authentic worship effects the world we live in. In today’s world we worship politicians, movie stars, musicians, and athletes; when it comes to the Lord too often we give only lip service. What was so different about Mary’s worship? It was real!!! Her worship cost her something. It also was risky, stepping out in this radical worship was going to bring a response; it always does. Today, we too are being called to worship at His feet. When you take a risk and worship Him with full abandon your world will be effected to, your whole house will be filled with the fragrance of your devotion.