Say Yes: Jesus and Mary

Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house. John 12:3 (The Message)

Mary’s “Yes” is perhaps the most beautiful example of worship in all of Scripture. Her love for Jesus holds nothing back from him and gives us clear instructions on what it looks like to say yes with all we are – heart, soul, mind, and strength.

She is willing to give Jesus the most valuable earthly possession she owns, the alabaster flask of oil. She takes down her hair, something only a prostitute would do in those days, because she cares more about her character as a lover of Jesus than she cares about her character as an unmarried Jewish woman. Mary intentionally breaks the flask – she holds nothing back, this is symbolic of her heart. She wants Jesus to have all of her. And in doing all this, she shows Jesus she loves him from the center of who she is. All her heart.

Mary’s passion doesn’t wait for the conversation to lull or the dinner to be over. She interrupts the men to demonstrate her love for the Man whom she recognizes as her Savior. Her desire is to know him and be known by him and Jesus is so moved by her unique gift he tells the men who are scolding her – “wherever MY story is told, you will hear hers”. Her emotional response, because it is for Jesus, is safe. He will defend her for all eternity for giving him all her soul.

Mary understands who Jesus truly is. She has followed Jesus and allowed her intellect to be shaped and guided by The Master Teacher at a time when women were not formally educated – she only knew what Jesus had taught her of Scripture; this knowledge was more than enough. Her reasoning for her action makes absolutely no sense to anyone but her and Jesus. Her insight gives us insight into what it means to truly worship Jesus. She loved him with all her mind.

Mary’s beautiful story demonstrates a “yes” that holds nothing back. Her love for Jesus is a strong love. Her love becomes a force freeing her to give up the most valuable treasure she owns to anoint Jesus’ head and feet. Her love emboldens her to interrupt a ritual with true worship. And her love is a powerful story still being told 2000 years later. She loved him with all her might!

She said yes because her eyes were focused on The Groom!

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