“She has done a beautiful thing to me.”
Whilst He was reclining at the table of a man known as Simon the Leper a woman entered and approached Jesus. She had with her a jar of very expensive perfume which she poured over His head.
The disciples were indignant at ‘this waste.’ They thought the perfume should have been sold for a ‘high price and the money given to the poor.’ Jesus, on the contrary responded and said,
“Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.”
It’s very special tribute for Jesus to pay someone – saying that they have done a beautiful thing for Him – so very special that He would go on to promise,
“I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:13)
What He was underlining was the great truth that was revealed in the woman’s actions. The most important thing in our lives is not our grasp of doctrine (which is important) but how deeply sincere we are in our love for the Lord Jesus. What the disciples had still to discover was that no expression of love or gratefulness for the Lord could ever be too extravagant – and especially not in the light of what He has done for us.
The great commandments are all about love not law. Jesus criticism of the religious leaders was often to do with their cold legalism in comparison with His warm compassion. As Simon Peter discovered and recorded,
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
Law needs defining whereas love does not. Love initiates and responds in too many wonderful and creative ways to be classified. Whilst the law frowns, love weeps and laughs, embraces and heals, creates and sustains, sacrifices and forgives, and never gives up. Love brings life into being.
Pray for the Spirit to full your heart with the love of God – and look for ways to express it back to Him.
You love me Lord with all that You are. Please help me to know it, believe it and love You more deeply in return, Amen.