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  • Joe Norton

Jesus’ Anointing (2/26/2023)

She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial” (Mark 1:8).

Special does not begin to describe this incident that takes place in the house of Simon the leper in Bethany. Instead of receiving praise, however, this woman receives criticism for “wasting” this expensive oil.

Fortunately, Jesus comes to her defense and praises her for doing a good work for Him—she anoints His head with the fragrant oil. But, further, He honors her as being a person who “has done what she could.”

As twentieth century Christians, we do not have the opportunity to anoint Jesus’ head nor to perform any other work for Him in His presence; but He has given each of us not only an opportunity but also a responsibility to “do what we can” for Him and for His Great Cause.

And the wonderful thing about our service for Jesus is that nothing we do is too small nor insignificant if we do it by his authority and in honor of His name. May we all have the determination to do whatever we have the ability to do for Him.


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