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.
We all know love does some strange things. I guess the strangest is displayed in the love of the Creator. Looking at His fallen sons and daughters He decided that He would do the unthinkable. He would become one of them. Remember, there were no surprises with the Lord. He knew He would be rejected and He knew the consequences of His rejection. That wouldn’t deter Him. After all, that is why He came. He became a man to suffer and die; to take my sins and my diseases on Himself. Christ came and died to save sinners.
This kind of love is extremely contagious. What else could explain Mary’s actions? She gave her best gift, extremely valuable ointment, and she humbled herself in an unprecedented way. She washed the Lord’s feet with her tears and her hair. She was hopelessly caught by His matchless love. Here is how Edwards describes this scene.
“The sweet ointment poured forth out of Mary’s box on the head of Christ, was a type of true grace and divine love flowing forth out of the heart of the true believer towards Jesus Christ. Grace in Scripture is often compared to oil or ointment. So it is in the parable of the ten virgins: the wise virgins had oil in their vessels; their oil signifies grace and their vessels that contained their oil signifies the same with the box, the vessel that contained Mary’s oil, viz. the heart. They had oil in their vessels, that is, they had grace in their hearts.
So grace is compared to ointment with which the soul is anointed of God…
And grace or divine love in the soul is naturally represented by a sweet perfumed ointment. For as that is sweet and has an excellent savor, so has the grace of God, and it brings an excellent savor and sweetness in the soul.”
Many of you reading this today have also tasted His unthinkable love. It’s in drinking His love for us that our hearts are filled with love for Him. Worship is the overflow of His love. He loves us and so we love Him back. This image of Mary worshipping at the feet of Jesus is a beautiful picture of the church at His feet today.