A beautiful thing
- Simon the Leper – Jesus was at a meal that had been put on for Him. Simon was a leper, but the meal was at his house. It can be assumed that Simon had been healed and he is having a meal with Jesus to celebrate. Simon was known for something he had been in the past – “Simon the Leper”, but what we were in the past does not define who we are. Only God can define who we are. Do not allow what people say about you to define who you are.
- The woman with the alabaster jar – Alabaster is a hard precious stone. It was a status symbol. The jar would have been filled with expensive nard and sealed. Over time the nard would have seeped out and given off a perfumed scent that would have filled the whole house. Nard was very expensive and came from about 3,000 miles away from Bethany. The woman is identified as Mary, the sister of Martha, in John 12. She broke the jar as an act of worship. She wanted to show that Jesus meant more to her than anything else. Sometimes when we pour out ourselves we don’t know the impact of our praise and worship. What is more important to you – status? – symbolism? – position? – or is it worshipping God? What can you give in worship to God?