Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. ~John 12:3
We have all heard of Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus sitting at the feet of Jesus and breaking her alabaster box and anointing Him with the priceless spikenard. Such a costly treasure that she had and she gave it unto Jesus. We like Mary come to the feet of Jesus with all that we have of value, and that is ourselves. He indwells in us and becomes that costly oil. Did you noticed how that in order for Mary to anoint Jesus with that precious spikenard, that the vessel had to be broken?
Have you ever stopped to think of the alabaster box? How it was made? It didn’t have a stopper on it, or a sprayer to spray fine mist, nor a screw on top to preserve the bottle in the condition it was created. If you wanted what was inside, you had to break the box to release the precious spikenard that was contained inside. That is how the creator of the alabaster box designed it. That is the way we are designed, as vessels made by the hand of the Lord, He designed us for a specific reason, for the indwelling of Jesus Christ. We are like that alabaster box, and He indwells in us.
It is through our trials and our tribulations that we are broken and what indwells us (Christ) the precious spikenard is poured out. Trials and tribulations do not just come to us as Christians, but also to others that do not know Him. And as we go through our trials and tribulations, we can reach others by how we handle what we are going through.
We see people that do not have Christ indwelling in them, just loose it when trials and tribulations come their way. Why is that? That is because their vessel is empty. They do not have the precious spikenard (Christ) indwelling in them. So what happens when it is broken? Whatever they are filled with inside is what comes out.
When you go through trials and tribulations what comes out of your alabaster box? You know it is said that when Mary broke the box that the room was filled with the odor of the spikenard. I have known several people that have been broken and the odor of that precious spikenard, Christ, filled the room and everyone was touched by it. One couple that is very dear to me is Mark and Natasha Tolson. When they went through what was one of the toughest trials for any young couple to go through, and still give MAXIMUM glory and honor to God, and still head to China. And you know what? Not only was it a sweet odor to others to see, but it was a sweet odor to the Lord. So I have a question for you as I end this, when you are broken do you, shall I say reek of the precious spikenard (Christ) that indwells in you?
One day a plain village woman
Driven by love for her Lord
Recklessly poured out a valuable essence
Disregarding the scorn
And once it was broken and spilled out
A fragrance filled all the room
Like a pris’ner released from his shackles
Like a spirit set free from the tomb
Broken and spilled out
Just for love of you Jesus
My most precious treasure
Lavished on Thee
Broken and spilled out
And poured at Your feet
In sweet abandon
Let me be spilled out
And used up for Thee
Lord You were God’s precious treasure
His loved and His own perfect Son
Sent here to show me