Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

The Price of Precious

April 14

"... she hath wrought a good work on ME."  Mark 14:6

"The broken alabaster, and spilt spikenard, were merely symbolic ..."






Mark and John tell us it was made of spikenard; Matthew and Mark write that it came packaged in an alabaster box.  John says that it was poured on the feet of CHRIST; Matthew and Mark say it anointed HIS head.  JESUS stated that it was to prepare HIM for HIS burial, and no doubt poured upon the head and ran down to the feet.  Matthew and Mark are silent about this woman's identity; but John reveals it was Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha.  Matthew and Mark say it was "very precious"; John estimates it as "very costly" and weighing a pound.  In real money the oil was worth about $40 ... the box it came in common.  What made the ordinary and affordable priceless though, was not the oil in the box, but the act of the one who brought it.  The cost of precious is calculated by the contrasted poverty of the anointer, with the wealth of the anointed.  The broken alabaster, and spilt spikenard, were merely symbolic of the uncontainable love this woman held for the SAVIOR; thus rendering her heart the true wealth of this account.

Scripture provides, for all of us, some precious gift wrap in which to offer our worship:

  • "A good name is better than precious ointment; ..."

  • "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, ..."

  • "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of JESUS CHRIST:"

  • "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of HIS saints."

As you consider your offering, be mindful of HE Who first: "offered up HIMSELF" and spilt HIS: "precious blood" as the priceless expression of HIS love for you.

"The sacrifices of GOD are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O GOD, THOU wilt not despise."

For Love of Country
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863)
(General Lee's "right arm" during the Civil War)
"I will be an infinite gainer to be translated."

(of the final words to his wife on the day of his death)

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