Today in church the gospel was from John, chapter 12, Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
Yet as I read it I only heard one word, anointed. Yet from the one word came a flood of meaning and application in my Christian walk, application that also applies to you as well. What story contains this one word which jumped out and spoke to me? A woman, second class citizen in the Middle East, takes a pound of very expensive fragrance and “anoints” the feet of Jesus. In non-spiritual terms she poured the oil on Jesus feet. The travesty of the appalling, wanton waste of something so valuable. John tells us it was valued at about 300 denarii. Yahoo.com says that the estimated translation of one denarii is about $21.00 US dollars. They also said that the average wage for a Roman soldier of the day was one denarii. That means about $6,000.00 dollars or 300 days wages. If you make $60,000.00 a year you just poured out $50,000 on Jesus feet. But these nice facts and figures don’t address the message, the heart.
Anoint is a verb, an action word. Mary made a choice to do what she did and it is fragrant with everything it said. Anoint, Webster uses oil in the definition but he also speaks of consecrating, setting apart. Mary declared that the feet of Jesus were sacred, Holy, set apart for God’s purpose.
Anoint the feet that in a short time would carry Jesus to Calvary where He would fulfill God’s calling and purposes, the redemption of man, the redemption of me and you. It makes me want to weep. Mary saw so much more than everyone else, she saw that Jesus was walking to God’s glory, was answering God’s calling placed on Him from before anything was. She said to herself that these feet are doing the work of God they are called by God to the hard task. Feet, those two things attached to the bottom of our legs that we take for granted and we don’t give credit to, but these feet carried Jesus to Calvary, these feet were nailed upon the cross to carry the brunt of Christ’s weight as He died for me and you. Those are Holy feet, worthy of our $50,000.00, 300 days wages.
Now, two more points to bring this to a conclusion. Can you, will you, look to see where God is in your life and around you? No one else saw the feet of Jesus and recognized their place in God’s hands. You and I are surrounded by feet everyday yet we do not see them. Look where you walk, when you walk, for God is there in your midst. Feet will come into your life. Will you see them and anoint them; acknowledging God has set them apart. Will you worship the Lord your God?
Finally, you yourselves, as well as I, we are feet in our own right because we have been called by God to walk. We are called to walk to Calvary to bring about that which God has purposed and God has anointed us for His good purposes to serve and love Him daily. Every time we rise from bed we need our feet, all day every day. They are vital to our lives, vital to accomplish all that is needed.
Mary anointed the feet of Jesus. Will you allow God to consecrate and set you apart for Himself? Rather than will you the question is will you acknowledge that you have been anointed and set apart for God, you are called by the Most Holy.