Holy Week. The week Christians follow the footsteps of Jesus’ last week of life on earth. The week we remember What He did for us and what it means. Jesus, the Son of God crucified, bearing the full weight of our sin. Our salvation. Jesus resurrected. Our hope.
As Jesus taugh the disciples in the days leading to His arrest, He said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” (John 15:13). He lived that love, accepting the burden of our sin, and laying down His life for us. How do we respond to that love? How do we show our faith in Christ in a real way?
Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, actively demonstrated her love and faith at the beginning of Holy Week Without asking, without announcing her plan, she simply showed her love and faith in Jesus by taking a very expensive perfume and pouring it on Jesus’ head.
The disciples and other people at the dinner expressed indignation. “Wasteful,” they proclamed. Thinking they could impress Jesus, they berated Mary’s offering by expressing concern for the poor.
Jesus’ knew what Mart’s gift meant. Her action pleased Him, and He commended Mary.
Jesus said, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, she has done will be also be told, in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14: 3-9; John 12:1-11)
Jesus recognized Mary’s act of worship. She willingly sacrificed something of great value in order to acknowledge her thankfulness for Jesus. She recognized and publicly acknowledged that He was Lord and deserved the very best she could give.
Mary expressed quiet faith in Jesus. In a previous encounter she chose to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to what He said. Martha, busy doing all the work to feed and ensure all the physical needs of Jesus and the disciples were met, complained about her sister’s choice to be with Jesus. But again Jesus pointed out the goodness of Mary’s choice. Worship, acknowledging Who Jesus is and showing your faith with time instead of busy activity pleases Him. “…but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42)
During this Holy Week, how am I focused on Jesus? Am I busy making preparations but forgetting to worship? Since I am a teacher, I am on Easter break, my days filled with time with family and catching up on tasks at home. I can easily get distracted by busyness. Am I remembering the importance of time with Jesus? Real time? Sacrificial time? Am I giving Him the best of me? Is my worship about Jesus and sitting at His feet? Is my worship a task or a time to give Kesus all of me?
Mary chose to ABIDE. Do I?
I can learn from the example of Mary. Sit at the feet of Jesus. Listen. Worship. He gave His life for me because He loves me. I can show Him my thankfulness for this greatest of all gifts when I ABIDE in Him.
How do you abide in Chrst as you prepare for Easter?