Mark 14:3: Reclining at the table.
“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 UK
This is a wonderful picture, Jesus ‘’reclining at the table’’. It speaks of a number of things. Here are three:
- Intimacy: In the East, in those times, the meal table was a place of close friendship. It expressed, and strengthened, bonds between people. Those at the meal would lie on couches around the table, and would be in fairly close contact with one another. Jesus wants to be known;
- Availability: Jesus put Himself in a position where He was contactable by ordinary people. He was not protected by bodyguards; not shielded in the ways celebrities are. Mary could get to Him to express her love in the way she did. Jesus is accessible;
- Vulnerability: Although Jesus ‘’did not come to be served, but to serve’’ (10:45), He was nevertheless willing to receive the service of others. He did not deny those who wanted to give to Him, the privilege of doing so. ‘’It is more blessed to give than to receive’’ (Acts 20:35). Jesus Himself said this. But it often feels like it takes more grace to receive than it does to give. However, let us learn from the Lord. Jesus is willing to be served.