Broken and poured out. You see those words in both the story of the woman anointing Jesus at Simon the Pharisee's house whom Jesus had healed from leprosy and again with Jesus at the last supper. Bread, wine and perfumed oil come to mind when we recall these gospel accounts. At the last supper, Jesus would be betrayed to death; a death that he freely accepted. By changing the words declaring the blessing over the desert bread, a script that everyone knew by heart, Jesus instituted the new and everlasting covenant in what He was about to endure and forever changed the memorial meal. The moments that would follow in the Garden of Gethsemane would reveal the deep personal prayer and sacrifice that would be made.
With the woman coming into the house of Simon the Pharisee and falling at the feet of his honored guest Jesus, everything changed. It was completely out of the norm of social conduct for an univited guest, let alone a women of questionable charachter to do what she was doing.
What an incredible act of devotion and at the same time we witness the soul wrenching display of love that left everyone shocked and speachless. It was so scandalous that eveyone was stunned.
Think about what a great personal sacrifice and act of devotion the woman made to get to Jesus and to do what she did in front of all the guests. Even Simon did not dare to say out loud what he was thinking. If Jesus only knew what she was, he thought...He couldn't see the beuty of that moment until Jesus helped him and everyone else to understand who had committed the greater offence.
Te offering of all that she had done and all that she was; he sin was as sweet as the expensive perfume to the Lord.
Could you do what the woman did? In an act of complete devotion she didn't care what anybody else thought, only the love she had for Jesus mattered.
Are you willing to follow Jesus by living your life, as broken, offered up and poured out in remembrance of what Jesus has done for you?
You may ask yourself how can your life be a living memorial and a sacrifice to Christ?
Talk to God about the things in your life that need to be broken and poured out like that of the perfumed oil.
Read: Mark 14:1-26
Prayer of consecration
I confess my sins and failures to you and I am very sorry for having sinned against You. Give me the strength to seek and accept Your grace and forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, you poured yourself out completely and died for me so that I would have eternal life. I claim that wonderful and indescribable gift of salvation.
Create a pure heart in me, refresh my spirit and renew my mind and body.
I consecrate myself to you Lord and ask that you use me according to your holy will.
I pray in Jesus name.