But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8).
A patient of mine, who I have been treating in the hospital, off–and –on for the past 15-years, shared with me about a celebration that he was attending to honor a personal friend of his. This friend had been drug-free for the past 20-years. He was going to be honored in a ceremony of his perseverance to stay free from drugs. This patient mentioned a recent encounter that he had in the hospital. He fell at home and had to call someone to help him get up and back into his wheelchair. He was experiencing pain from his fall, understandably, but did not pursue medical treatment because he knew the reputation he had, himself, as a previous drug user. He did not want this pain to risk him being categorized by his previous reputation. And he was also using caution to minimize the risk of him returning to addiction.
When Mary of Bethany sought out Jesus, she also had a reputation in her land. Although she had an expensive box of precious oils, no amount of money could change her reputation. People of the land still disregarded her, mistreated her, I am sure shunned her, because of previous choices. And of course, Jesus knew exactly who she was and not once mentioned her reputation, but celebrated the demonstration she portrayed. He closed the mouth of the nay-sayers, he disregarded her past mistakes and honored the demonstration.
(Praise Break: How powerful is the love of Christ, that He sees right through us and our failures, and simply honors us – so much to sacrifice His life for us!)
Anoint is the procedure of rubbing or smearing a person, or thing, usually with oil, for the purpose of healing or setting apart. In the New Testament, “anoint” is used to speak of treating injury, illness (Luke 10:34), and for preparing a body for burial (Mark 16:1). The Hebrew verb mashach (noun, messiah) and the Greek verb chrio (noun christos) are translated “to anoint.” Priests and kings were ceremonially anointed as a sign of God’s power upon them.
Christ has used the demonstration from Mary to be the very anointing in the preparation of the greatest sacrifice and gift of all time: Himself, Jesus Christ, our Beloved Savior. He did not look on Mary’s reputation, but allowed her demonstration to prepare Him for the very purpose of Him coming to earth, to save all mankind.
The person, who was seen by others as a “woman with a reputation”, was the very women God allowed to anoint the most beautiful feet of Jesus. Others thought she was nothing, of no worth or value. But Christ!! (ok another praise break!! Hallelujah!!) But Christ, saw past her mistakes, looked past them and now she is one of the most well-known woman in the entire Word of God! She poured out all she had for the One who meant the very most!
May you know the love that Christ has for you. May you celebrate that unconditional love, this Resurrection Sunday, and celebrate in His sacrifice for you and me!
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8).
References Taken from Luke 7:36-50, The Holy Bible, Bible Dictionary
Patricia Velasquez, PTA, BS, CWCA
April 1, 2021