“Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” John 12:5


On this day of Holy Week Jesus was in Bethany, a guest in the home of Simon the leper. While there Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anointed Him with costly perfume. Judas objected. As far as he was concerned, pouring expensive ointment on the feet of Jesus was a waste. Better to sell it and distribute the cash. Judas had no time for ‘Divine Wastefulness.’

God has gone over the top in providing for us; an abundant world points to an even more abundant grace. Many set the parameters of their generosity based on the shifting tides of the world’s economies. Mary, whose brother Jesus had raised from death to life, poured expensive ointment on Jesus’ feet and set the course for Christian gratitude by looking to the economy of ‘Divine Wastefulness. She focused all attention squarely on the extravagance of God’s amazing grace, revealed supremely in Jesus Christ.

Published by Pastor Mark Anderson

Lutheran pastor, husband, dad, archaeology nut, serious blues guitarist and aspiring luthier.

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