Matthew 26:6–13 (ESV)
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured
it on his head as he reclined at table. 8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this could have been sold
for a large sum and given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For
you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.13 Truly,
I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
Some see this as wasteful,
but I see it as prophetic. She is anointing Jesus body for death. What is Jesus’s death worth to you??? Jesus gave everything… that is… his life for you and me. If the oil had been cheap, would this story even be
in the Bible? I would like to think so, because she is preparing him for death. The Lutheran Study Bible states: A woman anoints Jesus, which greatly offends His disciples. They take offense where no offense should be taken. Jesus, however, commends
the woman, because her action points to His death for the world, which in turn points to His love for you.
I pray: Strengthen
our faith, dear God, to focus on Christ’s death and resurrection for us and not on distractions. Amen.