Jesus knew his time was coming to an end. As he was moving closer to Golgotha he was anointed with fine perfume. The reaction was mixed—His enemies were incensed—What a waste of money. His Disciples were confused—Wow that was odd. But Jesus and the rest of us know he was being anointed for the days ahead. Often, those who fail to understand the gospel and its impact on our lives find its applications appalling or confusing. Paul said the natural man does not understand the things of God, it is foolishness to them for it is spiritually discerned.
We need to rely on the Spirit of God to direct our paths, to guide us to truth and to comfort us n trial. When we do, in the midst of the discomfort of trials, we understand that we are simply passing through on our way to eternity. That is because we are spiritually minded and eternal in our mindset. The natural man is worldly minded, self directed and temporal in thinking. It is like speaking French in Japan. That is why our mission is to lead folks to Christ, to act as a translator and guide. We can never underestimate the importance of being the ambassadors we have been called to be.
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3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you,[b] and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.