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Mary Pours Out Her Costly Perfume, John 12:1-11

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.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well,  since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.


1.    Light a scented candle.  Throughout the day let the scent remind you of God's presence and our commitment to give Jesus our best.

2.    Spritz everyone in the house with not one but two squirts of perfume or cologne. (To make it strong.)  As you walk by each other be reminded of how living our lives for God brings a pleasing aroma to God and to the people around us.

3.    Jesus was anointed in preparation for his death.  Read Galatians 2:20 and reflect on what areas/behaviors/values in your life need to be crucified, so that Christ can more fully live in you.