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Now when Jesus was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment. She poured it upon His head as He reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “why this waste?” For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor. But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to ME.” Matthew 26:6-10
Just days before the Cross, before all it’s agonies, betrayals, and denials, a beautiful thing is done to Jesus. Knowing what He was soon to face, Jesus must have so loved this one act of reckless worship from this woman of Bethany. It seems she was determined to lavishly love Jesus in this way. She cared little that she was interrupting a group of men, (which was not done by a woman). She brought the most priceless possession she owned (probably, her dowry). This woman was prepared to give her gift totally, as it was broken and spilled out, not to be gathered up again and taken back. She gave her gift with abandonment and with her whole heart. The fragrance must have permeated every crevice and corner of the room with its’ heavenly scent.
What a wonderful response our Savior gave, as He defended her act of worship. The others did not see. They did not know or understand what she did nor why she did it, but Jesus understood. He called her act “a beautiful thing”. He told them, she has done this beautiful thing to me and she will forever be remembered for it.
What words to be heard from our Lord’s lips! How this must have both stirred and satisfied this woman’s heart to it’s very depths. I wonder… what is the beautiful thing I can do for my Lord? What has He given to me that, I must return to HIM in abandoned worship? Regardless of what the world may say, regardless of the cost to me, what am I to give today and each day? Do I break open the flask of pain and suffering in my life and release it in praise to Him? Or do I give back the blessings He has so lavishly given to me? Do I keep on keeping on in that difficult situation with His joy and peace in my heart? What is in my heart that I must willingly submit to His leadership, His purpose, His glory? What is the beautiful thing I can do to HIM?
Oh that Jesus would say of you and of me….”She has done a beautiful thing to Me.”