Mark 14:1-3: Perfume.
“Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 ‘But not during the festival,’ they said, ‘or the people may riot.’ 3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.” NIV
If this is the same anointing described in John 12:1-8, it was Mary who did this. The perfume was ‘’very expensive’’. It may have been kept in the family from generation to generation, the way people keep gold. It probably represented financial security for them. It may have represented all their savings According to (5) it was worth ‘’more than a year’s wages’’. But Mary ‘’broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.’’ According to John 12:3. She also poured it on His feet and wiped His feet with her hair.
It is true that ‘Christianity which costs nothing accomplishes nothing.’ There is sacrifice lying at the heart of discipleship; an abandonment; an extravagance of worship. We pour out all that we have and are on Jesus. He may well still let us hold it on His behalf, but it is His, and is to be used for His glory. It takes faith to live like this. We give what we may feel we cannot afford, only to discover that god is no man’s debtor.