But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish, you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial.”
Our Holy Week Family Devotional is brought to you by the Next Gen Ministry. We pray you and your family spend time reflecting on the life of Jesus this week.
As Jesus and His friends spent time together one night, a woman came into the room and opened a glass bottle of expensive perfume oil. She poured the oil on Jesus to anoint Him—to show how special He is and to honor His holiness.
Her actions surprised everyone—except for Jesus. Some people even got angry at her! The oil she’d poured out wasn’t cheap kitchen oil. It was very expensive! They couldn’t understand why anyone would waste something so costly, rather than giving it to the poor or using it for something else.
But Jesus knew exactly what she did and why. He knew she was giving up something very important as a way to show her love to Him.
He explained to the others that she’d done a very special thing for Him. She’d given the best that she had. The Tuesday this woman anoints Jesus is a special moment of worship, and it’s an example for us to show our love for Jesus by giving Him the best we have—no matter the cost.
• Why did Jesus say that pouring the perfume on Him was special?
• What are some ways your family shows love to Jesus and to one another?
Until Easter, use a scented candle or some perfume in your house. Each time you smell it, it will help each of you remember the sweet gift the woman gave to Jesus. It was just an ordinary Tuesday when this woman anoints Jesus, and we remember her story still today!