Matt.26:8,9 – But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? For this perfume could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor
The story of Mary of Bethany and her extravagant love for the Lord is one of the most shocking stories in the Bible. Three things jump out at you when you read this story. First, the extravagance of her worship displayed in the cost of her gift. This pure spikenard was valued at one year’s wage for a worker. This would equal 30 or 40 K in today’s economy. That is shocking to say the least. 40,000 dollars poured out on someone’s feet. That would surely raise some eyebrows. Next, we see a woman confronting twelve men. In the world of the New Testament, that just didn’t happen. Mary had a revelation of Christ that surpassed all of the men in the room and she wasn’t going to stay silent. Finally, the unusual, and dare I say, radical nature of her worship. Not only was it expensive, it was intimate. Mary was washing the feet of Jesus with her tears and her hair. Mary realized who Jesus was and His infinite price of love, all she could do is worship. Here is how Barclay describes this scene.
“It shows us that there are times when the commonsense view of things fails. On this occasion, the voice of common sense said: ‘What waste!’ and no doubt it was right. But there is a world of difference between the economics of common sense and the economics of love. Common sense obeys the dictates of prudence; but love obeys the dictates of the heart. There is in life a large place for common sense; but there are times when only love’s extravagance can meet love’s demands. A gift is never really a gift when we can easily afford it; a gift truly becomes a gift only when there is sacrifice behind it, and when we give far more than we can afford.”
We live in a world where there is extreme pressure just to play it safe. You know, follow the consensus of the crowd, don’t kick against the accepted narrative of anything. Whatever you do, don’t get to crazy with your religion. The problem with all that, when you see Christ’s love for sinners, His love for you, silence and compliance go out the window. Your only recourse is to break the vile, no matter what it costs, and wash His feet with your tears.