When Mary poured a fortune in perfume over Jesus’ head (Mark 14:3-10), she was simply expressing her profound love for Him in the best way she could think of. She had no idea of the all implications of what she did:
–Jesus considered it as preparation for His burial which, unbeknownst to her, would happen in just a few days.
–Jesus promised that she would become world-famous for her loving deed. And it’s true–it’s in our Bible for all to read.
–This act, and Jesus’ positive response to it, prompted Judas to instigate his treachery which would lead to Jesus’ death. (Of course, this was God’s plan from ages past.)
I wonder what will result from the things I do for Jesus? Will I have some surprises in heaven?
[God] uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. (2 Corinthians 2:14b-16a)
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!