THE ALABASTER BOX
Jesse M. Hendley
In the 26th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew we have a
wonderful story of a woman who came to Christ with a
gift for Him revealing her faith in Him and love for
In this gift we have what it really means to be saved.
This is real salvation in this story.
This is an experience in the life of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth, the Son of God. He was in Bethany. He was in
the house of Simon the leper. He was eating a meal
with Simon and with Him were Lazarus (we learn from
John 12:1-8) and Martha and Mary and the Disciples.
There came unto Him a woman (we know from the account
in Mark that it was Mary of Bethany) carrying a small
alabaster box. It contained an ointment, a perfume,
very costly, very precious, very expensive. It was
used as a perfume for anointing bodies after death for
burial. She emptied its contents on His head, and (we
read from John 12) on His feet, as He sat eating. She
broke the vial and poured the entire contents on His
head and on His feet, and she wiped His feet with her
hair. And the house was filled with the odor of the
The Disciples were there and they saw what she did,
particularly Judas Iscariot who was a thief. He was
the treasurer of the Twelve and had the bag. They were
angry and indignant! They called it "a waste of
money." "It could have," said they, "relieved the
poverty of the poor!"
But Jesus defended her. He said, "Why trouble ye her?
She hath wrought a good work on Me. The poor ye have
with you always. But you will not have Me very long; I
am soon going to leave you. She has anticipated my
burial, believing what I said about going to Jerusalem
and dying. She has beforehand anointed My body for the
Jesus continued: "My Gospel shall be preached in the
whole world." Isn't that an audacious statement? Here
is a mere humble Peasant in the little ...
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