Mary of Bethany
Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Mark 14: 9
I am honored to be here with you today. In a perfect world, we would be sitting across from each other enjoying a cup of hot coffee or tea speaking of the important things of life. But since it’s not, I hope you enjoy the next few days as we dig deeper into the lives of some pretty amazing women in the New Testament. Will you join me?
Some days, I am so aware of being in the right place, following the Lord and loving others, but most days, I am caught up in the ordinary mundane details of life and often wonder how the Lord could use me for His kingdom? I desire to be bolder, stronger, and wiser.
As I studied and prayed over this, I began to see that the Lord has given us great examples in His word. Women, like you and me, who have everyday struggles and amazing encounters with Jesus. Women like Mary of Bethany, Mary, the mom of Jesus, and the woman at the well. Women going about daily chores…common everyday tasks who live boldly for Christ. We have much to learn in the pages of scripture.
Mark 14: 3-9
The first woman we will look at is Mary of Bethany or more commonly known as Martha’s sister. She is known as a worshiper. I love to worship the Lord and have always felt a strong connection to Mary because of this. But much more is revealed in chapter 14 of Mark about how much she revered the Lord.
…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. Mark 14: 3
In room full of men, Mary anointed Jesus with extremely expensive perfume. Perfume so expensive, it caused the men to rebuke her harshly. Jesus was quick to rebuke her critics.
“But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” 8-9
This was no small act of devotion. The beautiful alabaster jar, broken on the floor and the fragrant perfume permeating the home are beautiful illustrations of our lives and prayers…Our lives may be broken, but so very valuable to the Lord. Our prayers are a fragrant offering that go up before the Lord and kept in a bowl of pure gold.(Revelation 5:8)
Mary did what she could. It cost a lot, but love always does. How can you worship like Mary? Are you willing to walk through a room of mockers to follow the Lord? How does knowing Jesus rebuked the mockers help you face your fears?
Look up verse 9 of our passage. It is a beautiful statement by Jesus about Mary of Bethany! To be remembered for what she did wherever the gospel is preached!
What did she do? Why is her action so important to Jesus? Why is this story important for us today?