His Final Journey
Contributed by: Art Walsh, RUMC Lay Leader
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
This dinner occurred at a time of great turmoil for Jesus and His followers and even some who yet didn’t believe what Jesus was preaching. Jesus knew this would be His last Passover because the high priests and Pharisees were hunting down Jesus so they could arrest and kill Him. Even though Jesus was well aware of this, He wanted to spend time with friends. What a blessing it was for Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and the others at the dinner that Jesus wanted to be with them. And to show Jesus just how much she loved Him, Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with a very expensive perfume (about a years’ wages at that time). This act of worship and service demonstrated Mary’s generosity and humility and gives all of us an example by which we should live.
During my journey over the past nine years, I have learned as stated in James 2:26 “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” We are all called to serve others and be generous with our resources. It is in the serving that we bless others and worship the Lord. And it is also in that serving that we are blessed. Many times during this Lenten season we hear people say what they are going to give up for Lent. And that is good because it shows that we are willing to make a sacrifice. However, I would encourage you to think about who you are going to serve during Lent and hopefully that new habit becomes a lifelong pursuit Not as an obligation but as a desire of your heart.