Mark 14:3 ¶ And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.
John 12:3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

In John’s account and Mark’s account of this story, we gain some powerful insight into the spiritual nature of Mary’s act. In Mark, we see Mary breaking the flask and pouring the oil on His head. Pouring the oil on the head of Jesus reminds us of the anointing oil poured on the heads of the Old Testament prophets. Mary is calling Him the anointed one. Mark also brings out the broken box picturing the broken heart that spills out worship. Jonathan Edwards spoke about the beauty of this brokenness displayed in Mary.

“Believers don’t only pour forth the exercises of grace out of a pure heart. True Christian grace and divine love always flows out of a broken heart, an heart broken with a sense {of sin}. And the heart of a saint never sends forth such a sweet savor as when it is most broken and contrite, as is evidenced by Psalms 34:18, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit”; and Psalms 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Isaiah 57:15, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”

In John’s version we see the beauty of humility and brokenness as Mary wiped the feet of Jesus with her hair. His love for us brings us to His feet in worship, like Mary, we want to bow before Him and shower our love on His feet. John also spoke about the powerful influence this worship had on the atmosphere in the house. The whole building was filled with the aroma of the oil, her worship was spilling over on everyone who was present. This kind of worship is impossible to ignore. You will either be caught up in the beautiful atmosphere yourself or you will despise it and find fault. Just as Judas led an insurrection in that first band of followers today, worship filled with passion brings the dividing line in the church. The natural man can sing all the passionate songs but don’t allow anyone to get emotional, don’t allow anyone to bow down and wash His feet with tears and worship. Things haven’t changed much over the years, we still have the worshipers and we still have the complainers, which one describes you?

3 Replies to “BROKEN HEART”

  1. I try to be about the Father’s business as often as possible! In the name Jesus Christ! But every now and then the flesh tends to cry like a little baby! I’m so happy that Gods plan is working perfectly! Don’t forget my fellow members of the body of Christ that were in this fight together! Also that without Jesus Christ that were nothing! Glory!Glory!Glory!Wow! Amen!

  2. Thank you again for such a timely word. It’s so easy to be disgruntled when you’re forced out if town with a storm. My frustration is a clear indication i’m a quart low in worship. Time to get my priorities strait and my focus on Christ.

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