Extravagant Love“Like Mary, have you been criticized for something you’ve done?”
Women of the Passion, Session 2

The Extravagant Love of God

Extravagant, adj., “exceeding what is reasonable or appropriate.”

She must have loved Jesus so much.

Jesus was in many ways a part of her family. He spent a great deal of time in the home of her family.

We know how much he loved both her and her sister. Seeing each of their unique gifts and celebrating them both (Luke [10:38]-42).

We know how much he loved her brother. He raised him from the dead (John 11).

The day after this miraculous event, Jesus was back in their home.

This time, just six days before Passover, a dinner being given in his honor.

An Act of Love

I’ve read this story so many times. Each time it takes my breath away.

It seems that Mary’s passion for Jesus and his work here on earth negated any fear of ridicule or persecution or consequence.

She walked into a room of disciples, i.e., men, and lavished extravagant, costly perfume on the feet of Jesus—foreshadowing his coming burial (John 12:7-8).

I love how Tissot captures the scowls, the disbelief, and even the indignation of those watching.

Of all men, Judas Iscariot, raises his voice and complains of her wasteful act.

All Jesus says is, “Leave her alone. It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

I Want to Love Like Mary

Today, I remember Mary’s courage and passion.

Would I be as brave? Am I as passionate in my worship of Jesus?

Does my life express such extravagant love towards God and others?

I hope so.

I pray so.