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Spikenard – Fragrant Oil of Worship

I was reminded as we used this anointing oil one day in the healing rooms of the story of this precious perfume that was used to anoint the head and feet of Jesus.

Jesus was at a dinner surrounded by many people. Some saw him as the son of Mary and Joseph, others saw him as a Rabbi, a teacher. There was one though who saw Him for who He was. Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, saw Him as the King, the Messiah, and so she responded according to what she saw.

Her passion turned into worship as she expressed her great love for Jesus by breaking open the alabaster box and pouring out upon Him her most precious and costly possession: the fragrant oil Spikenard. He was the King. He was her King. This precious oil was worth a year’s wages.

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 fragrance of the oil.

Spikenard is a long lasting fragrance and this was one week before the crucifixion. For a whole week Jesus carried the fragrance of her worship, her complete devotion. When He was weeping in the garden, when He stood at the Sanhedrin as a King falsely accused, and when He stood before Pilot, he carried the fragrance of her worship. He was recognized by the fragrance. When He went to the cross He carried the fragrance of that anointing oil. Mary couldn’t anoint Him without getting it on herself. Everywhere she went, people recognized she had been with the King.

Jesus wants us to touch His heart with the fragrant aroma of worship, the kind that lingers! The blessing of the “Risen Lord” be upon each of you.

God Bless,

Lynda Fraser, Director