What She Could, When She Could

Six days before the Passover Feast, Jesus returned to Bethany, the hometown of Martha & Mary & their brother, Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from death (182).

A few days later, another man named Simon, whose leprosy Jesus had healed, prepared a big dinner for Jesus at his home in Bethany.  Martha helped serve the dinner; Lazarus was one of the guests sitting at the table with Jesus.

Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house.


Some of Jesus’ students, including Judas Iscariot — the one who was going to betray him — said, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins, so the money could be given to the poor?” (Judas didn’t really care about the poor; he cared more about the money.  He was responsible for the donations given to support Jesus’ ministry, and he used to steal some of that money.)

But Jesus said, “Leave Mary alone. She has done a good thing in preparation for the day of my burial.  You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me with you.

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“Mary has done what she could for me now.  Wherever the good news about God is preached all over the world, what Mary has done will be remembered.”

Many people heard that Jesus was in Bethany, so they went there, not just to see Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, because Jesus had raised Lazarus from death.

Because of Lazarus, the Jewish religious leaders were frustrated that many Jews were rejecting their authority & believing in Jesus.  So they made plans to kill Lazarus, along with Jesus.


(182) Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-11