There's a good chance that you have never heard a sermon on perfume before. I've never preached one before. But here it is, in the text, and therefore something that reveals our Heavenly Father and His eternal Son to us. What can we learn from these two perfume recipes, for the anointing oil and the proprietary incense? We can learn about God's holiness, His close regulation of our worship, and our need to be generous givers.
Mark contrasts two different perspectives on Jesus: Jesus through the eyes of Mary and through the eyes of Judas. And his recounting of this story confronts the reader with the question, "What is Jesus worth to you?--Do you love Him? Do you love Him extravagantly?"
This is part 55 of our Mark Series, the Urgent Gospel titled, "Mary: Picture of a Beautiful Heart." We consider 1) The Plot against Jesus, and 2) The Precious Perfume Poured out, and 3) The Picture of a Beautiful Heart. As always, I claim no originality, but will quote, cite, refer, etc. to various sources including; Sproul, Strauss, Hendriksen, Edwards, and many others.
A thousand years earlier, Solomon had been Inspired to write of Jesus' Anointing, in SS1:12. While The King sitteth at His Table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. Here, Mary of Bethany performs this Good Work, this Beautiful Work, upon Jesus. Her Commission was to Anoint Jesus for His Death, the Grave, and His Resurrection.