The Question of Sacrifice

August 28 2022

Book: Mark

Scripture: Mark 14:3-9

“Why do you trouble her?” (v. 6, ESV). In other words, why are you judging this woman’s sacrifice? A woman anoints Jesus with very costly perfume, which he takes to be preparation for burial. She is harshly rebuked for what seems a waste and a scandalous thing to do. Her sacrifice is worthy of the king of glory, and so Jesus transfers the scorn onto himself, making room for her and for all women who follow him. “And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” (v. 9).