John 12:3-5 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
John 12:24-25,27-28 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Today’s reading is about self-sacrifice. Two passages stick out. First, is where Mary pours very expensive ointment on Christ, and wipes His feet with her hair. She is criticized and misunderstood for this sacrifice. Yet, after all Christ had done for her – raising her brother, befriending their family, comforting them in sorrow, saving them, and more, how could she not? And as I think of all that the Lord has done for me, no sacrifice is too great.
Secondly, I see Christ’s illustration of a grain of wheat. For a corn of wheat to grow, and yield fruit, it must die, and even rot, and come to nought, before it brings forth fruit. It isn’t desirable business. Even Christ had thoughts of letting the hour “pass from Him”. But the sacrifice is worth it to bear much fruit for Christ.
Sacrifice – After all He’s done for me, how could I do less than give Him my best?