“ Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfumed oil, and she poured it on his head as he was at the table. When the disciples saw this they became indignant and said, “Why this waste? It could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor!” When Jesus learned of this he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a good service for me. For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! When she poured this on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”Matthew 26:6-13. (The Passion Translation)
Everything depends upon where our focus is. If we, like the woman, are overwhelmed with the presence of Jesus, pouring the contents of our alabaster box upon Him is easy. How precious He is! Being in His presence, and having the chance to anoint Him before His burial is such an unspeakable blessing. This woman not only saw Jesus, but she recognized Him for who He was. No one could stop her from pouring her alabaster box’s contents upon Him.
Judas, however had his eye on the money bag. All Judas could see was the waste. He wanted the oil to be sold and the silver put into the money bag, which he carried. It was from that time that Judas sought out the chief priest to betray Jesus… for silver.
Today our eyes still reveal what is precious to our hearts. We will go after whatever we are focused on. When we are truly looking to Jesus, the Holy Spirit will move in us. He will change the way we value things. He is the Comforter that was promised. Having Him, we are changed day by day into His image…all by looking unto Him.
People all around the world have heard about the woman who poured out her costly oil upon Jesus. Wherever the gospel is preached, she is mentioned. She was overcome with love for Him. She saw that He was no ordinary man, so she did the unthinkable. She poured out all she had earned, the equivalent of a year’s wages. She realized He was more precious than silver or gold; He was the Son of God, the Messiah.
There has never before been a man like Jesus of Nazareth. There never again will be a man like him, yet when He comes, we will be changed into His likeness…all because of what He did for us on Calvary, and in the Resurrection which followed three days later!
One day in the not too distant future, we will see Him, face to face. When that day comes, may we be found waiting for Him, as a bride looking for her bridegroom knowing that it is not because of how good we have been, but because of His Grace that we are there. I pray the Lord will keep us sensitive to what our eyes are drawn to. Lord, may they always be drawn to You! May we always be quick to repent and keep our hearts right with You.