Reflection April 11

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.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you but you will not always have me.” John 12:1-8



 Part of my surgery recovery plan is to do some walking each day. I must admit sometimes I don’t feel like letting my feet take me to any place but the lazy boy.

Today, though, I decided to take an early walk down by the Branson Landing. As I approached the Landing, I saw how foggy it was and thought I might need to find another place that wasn’t fogged in so I could see what was ahead of me as I walked.  I chose to stay and started my walk with a cool mist in my face. As I finished my walk, the sun had burned away the fog, and the cold mist was replaced with the warmth of the sun. I was finally able to clearly view the beautiful Ozark scene ahead, Lake Taneycomo flowing between the bluffs to feed into Bull Shoals Lake.

I recalled this same scene used by the late Will Wyatt of Discipleship Focus as an illustration of God’s grace in Isaiah 44:22:

“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me for I have redeemed you.”

While there for the pre-Passover dinner with Jesus, I imagine that the disciples, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus had a “foggy” picture “of what was to take place, not realizing they were actually in the presence of God’s Passover lamb, soon to be offered up in ultimate sacrifice for the deliverance of His people. Jesus’ death on the cross would reconcile God and man through a new covenant, which Jesus refers to in John 12:7-8. Mary does not hesitate to pour the expensive nard on Jesus’ feet, “filling the house with the fragrance of the perfume.”    

As our feet take us on a walk every day, may we spread a fragrance of Christ (2 Cor. 2:15), knowing that the “fog” has lifted. Christ is our Passover lamb, wiping out our sins and allowing us to clearly see God’s amazing grace.

Rich Crooker