Matthew 26:7, “A woman came to Him having alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil…”
All the four gospels say the woman came in with an alabaster flask of very costly spikenard. Mark adds, “…Then she broke the flask…”, Mark 14:3. This woman who John tells us is Mary teaches us what worship is all about. The fact that she broke the flask has a lot to say about worship. In church it is easy to be cool, calm, and collected, and by that I mean, it’s easy to control how you worship. That is like opening a flask and pouring the amount of oil you want to pour out and closing it back. You have the power to control what comes out. A broken person is like the flask (jar) with no time to control. You break a jar with liquid in it, it’s impossible to control the flow, you cannot even collect what has been poured out however hard you may try. You cannot save what you have broken but He can. If you open it then I assure you that you can save it. Anything you carefully open may be something you are not ready to lose. What comes out of something broken does not stay in one place, it spreads out finding paths to flow in. Is this not the case with worship, it flows freely from a broken heart, Psalm 34:18, “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit”. They are not ashamed to look foolish worshipping the Lord, they do not care about who sees them and what they say about their style of worship. They are just glad that Jesus saved them when they were a wretched sinners and this is their way of showing gratitude to the One who deserves all worship.
Here comes Luke telling us more of what she did. Of all the people that were in that house, Jesus was the one who deserved to be worshipped. Instead of the rest learning and joining the woman in worshipping, they got caught up in what she was doing. Luke 7:38, “and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with her tears, and wiped them with her hair and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil”. Doesn’t sound like a woman who is cool, calm and collected, sounds like a woman who is ready to do whatever it took to glorify the Son of God regardless of those around her. We tend to be cautious of those around us when we worship, we may even be tempted to stop someone who is pouring him or herself to the Lord because we are uncomfortable with the way they worship. Everyone wanted to stop this woman from what she is doing, however Jesus did not kick her away or ordered for her to be taken away because He loved the worship. She gave all she had and then some when no one else could. What more does John tell us to impact us, “…And the house was filled with fragrance of the oil“, John 12:3. Her act changed the atmosphere of the house, her worship drew everyone’s attention to herself but to Jesus because I believe many saw how they had walked with Jesus they never worshipped the way He should be worshipped.
What does this very simple woman have to teach us about worship? Brokenness leads you to give all. Anyone around you shouldn’t define how you worship. Only Jesus deserves worship. What you give could be a fragrance that would fill the room affecting everyone and impacting everyone. To continue. Blessings Evans
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