What Jesus Did! 'Only for a little While!' — Mark 14:7-8

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

You will always have poor people with you. You can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. This woman did the only thing she could do for me. She poured perfume on my body. She did this before I die to prepare me for burial.
— Mark 14:7-8
Illustration of Mark 14:7-8 —  This woman did the only thing she could do for me.

Key Thought

So often we have people we love dearly and greatly respect that we never praise, honor, or thank until after they are dead. This story of the woman's expensive gift to Jesus should be a reminder that we shouldn't wait till people are dead to give them the thanks they deserve. Let's thank others and honor them in ways that are appropriate for their service.

Today's Prayer

Father, I know there are many people in my life who have blessed me. Please forgive me for not being more affirming and appreciative to them. Help me see the opportunities I have to thank and honor people, always to your glory, before their time on earth is ended. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

It was now only two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a way to arrest Jesus without the people seeing it. Then they could kill him. They said, "But we cannot arrest Jesus during the festival. We don't want the people to become angry and cause a riot." Jesus was in Bethany. He was eating in the house of Simon the leper. While Jesus was there a woman came to him. The woman had an alabaster jar filled with very expensive perfume. This perfume was made of pure nard. The woman opened the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus' head. Some of the followers there saw this. They became upset and complained to each other. They said, "Why waste that perfume? That perfume was worth a full year's work. It could be sold and the money could be given to poor people." And they criticized the woman strongly. Jesus said, "Don't bother the woman. Why are you troubling her? She did a very good thing for me. You will always have poor people with you. You can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. This woman did the only thing she could do for me. She poured perfume on my body. She did this before I die to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth. The Good News will be told to people in all the world. And in every place where the Good News is told, the story of what this woman did will also be told. The thing she has done will be told and people will remember her." Then one of the twelve apostles went to talk to the leading priests. This was the follower named Judas Iscariot. Judas wanted to give Jesus to them. The leading priests were very happy about this. They promised to pay Judas for doing this. So Judas waited for the best time to give Jesus to them.

Mark 14:1-11

Related Scripture Readings

Now brothers and sisters, we ask you to respect those people who work hard with you—those who lead you in the Lord and teach you. Respect those people with a very special love because of the work they do {with you}. Live in peace with each other.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

You know that every person in the country of Asia has left me. Even Phygelus and Hermogenes have left me. I pray that the Lord will show mercy to the family of Onesiphorus. Many times Onesiphorus encouraged me. He was not ashamed that I was in prison. No. He was not ashamed. When he came to Rome, he looked and looked for me until he found me. I pray that the Lord will allow Onesiphorus to have mercy from the Lord on that Day. You know how many ways Onesiphorus helped me in Ephesus.

2 Timothy 1:15-18

Remember your leaders. They taught God's message to you. Remember how they lived and died, and copy their faith.

Hebrews 13:7

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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