“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Jesus has become for us “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2). That fragrance will waft through the days before 14 Nisan, permeate the walls of the tomb, and fill the world on the day he resurrected. The fragrance of death is, in reality, the perfume of life.
After the death of Jesus Christ his friends wished to proceed with the embalming of his body. But when Mary Magdalene, Salome and Mary, the mother of James, came to the tomb where the day before they had entered and laid down Jesus, they were surprised when they saw that the stone was rolled away and that the tomb was empty.
“and it, becoming evening already, since it was [the] preparation, that is, [the] day before sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, an honorable counsellor, who also waited for the kingdom of god, came and went in boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. and Pilate wondered if he were already dead. and calling the centurion, he asked him whether he had died already. and when he knew [it] from the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. and he bought a linen cloth, and took him down, and wrapped [him] in the linen, and laid him in a tomb which was cut out of a rock, and rolled a stone to the door of the tomb. and Mary Magdalene and Mary [the mother] of Joses saw where he was laid.” (Mark 15:42-47 MKJV)
“and when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary, [the mother] of James and Salome, had bought sweet spices so that they might come and anoint him. and very early in the morning, the first [day] of the week, they came upon the tomb, the sun having risen. and they said among themselves, who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us? and looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back, for it was very great. and entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right, clothed [in] a long white garment. and they were frightened. and he said to them, do not be frightened. you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. he is risen, he is not here. behold the place where they laid him. but go tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you into Galilee. there you will see him, as he said to you. and they went out quickly and fled from the tomb. for they trembled and were amazed. neither did they say anything to anyone, for they were afraid.” (Mark 16:1-8 MKJV)
Eventually they were told they had not to look for Jesus because he was resurrected. He was raised from the dead and thus had become reborn.
With 14 Nisan coming close we should remember those days of suffering by Christ Jesus and the moments around his death and resurrection.
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Zalving als teken van verhoging
Sequal on the Dutch version / Vervolg op de Nederlandse versie: Zalving van Christus als profetische repetitie van de begrafenisrituelen
Dutch readers can read more on the several anointments Jesus received while he was alive here on earth, in the article: Het begin van Jezus #12 Gezalfd na Johannes de Doper
Voor Nederlandstalige lezers wordt er in de reeks over het al of niet voorbestaan van Jezus ook dieper ingegaan op zijn tweede naamgeving, namelijk Christus of de Gezalfde. > Het begin van Jezus #12 Gezalfd na Johannes de Doper
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- Marriage of Jesus 1 Mary, John, Judas, Thomas and Brown
- Marriage of Jesus 3 Listening women
- A Living Faith #8 Change
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- Everyday beauty
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- 14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate
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- You have the anointing to know and understand
- The Holy Spirit’s Anointing
- God’s Word is Medicine: Anointing
- Breaking the Yoke by the Anointing
- Holy Spirit, Holy One- a prayer based on the Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3)
- The Holy Spirit Within Us
- The Oil of Anointing
- The Final Week: Bethany
- Grace and Anointing
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- Anointing with Oil and Prayer (2)
- Year A – Epiphany 1 – Matthew 3:13-17
- The voice of Simon
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- Six Feet Under
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Women played an important role in the closing events of Jesus’ earthly life – his crucifixion, death, and resurrection – and we overlook the fact all too easily. These women are presented in the gospels as Jesus’ compassionate and courageous followers.
Foremost among them was the dauntless Mary Magdalene.
- Mark 15-16 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
- He lives (ivanildotrindade.com)
“Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.
- He has been raised; he is not here. (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- Holy Week – Part 4 – The Women (sfnowak.com)
When we think of Christ’s ministry, and especially his death and resurrection we tend to think of the Apostles, the Chief Priests and the other important men, both famous and infamous. I propose that we tend to ignore, or at best relegate to footnotes some of the most influential people in Jesus’ world. Now it’s true that women “enjoyed” a status roughly equivalent to a table or a chair; they were property. Women were supposed to keep to their knitting, and not much else. However, Jesus once again showed us a different view.
- Overcoming Obstacles (dailybibleplan.com)
There are many times in our lives when the obstacles in front of us might seem insurmountable. We may be tempted to think that we cannot go on; that we cannot possibly achieve our goals and we might as well just turn around and quit. The women walking toward the tomb that day could have felt like that.
- Easter: Women wondering, perplexed, alarmed? Too soft! (ptl2010.com)
On the third day, the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus.When they arrived, they found that the stone had been rolled away, the tomb empty. Depending on which Gospel you are reading, this would have been Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus and Salome (according to Mark). Now, various translations of the Bible use different terms for the reaction of these women. “Wondering” (NIV), “perplexed” (KJV) or others. These words have to be way too soft to express the feelings and reactions of these women.
So unprepared were these women that later, when Jesus appeared to them, they did not recognize Him. Would you if a man risen from the dead, a man you loved with all of your heart, appeared before you?This was the miracle of all time, the miracle of miracles to be sure. Through faith, we have come to not be afraid of the empty tomb, but to cherish it.
- The Passion Narrative (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- Written to recognise the Promissed One (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
- How Can I Keep from Singing: I’ve Just Seen Jesus (lbtk.wordpress.com)
I’ve always loved that it was Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, two women, who went to the tomb after the crucifixion. All those strong, bold disciples were in despair over the death of their Lord. Yet, it was two women who made the journey to the tomb that day to anoint Jesus’s body that resurrection morning. On their way to the tomb, they passed by Golgotha.
- The Fragrance of Holy Week (interruptingthesilence.com)
Most of our time and attention in Holy Week are given to the triduum and rightly so. The three days of that period encompass Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. They are, perhaps, the most holy days of the year. If they hold that kind of prominence, then maybe we ought to look at what leads us into those days, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week. There are Eucharistic propers for each of those days.
These three days are held together by the anointing Mary does on Monday. Each day the fragrance of that anointing seeps a little deeper into Jesus. It moves from his body, to his soul, to his spirit. There is no part of Jesus’ humanity that is not anointed and prepared for death.
- Be Smart Like A Virgin (dianasymons.com)
We’re supposed to go after the kingdom of God instead of the things we think we need.
- Mary Anoints Jesus with Perfume (dailybibleplan.com)
Mary actually has three different stories in the New Testament.
Mary knew that there was a time and a place to worship Jesus, regardless of the cost. She did not seem to care that the perfume was costly. She did not seem to care that the disciples would criticize her sacrifice. The only thing she cared about was spending time worshiping Jesus, and she worshiped Him in the best way she knew.
- Perfectly Yielded (rebekahlife.wordpress.com)
Judas started with a few dips of his hands into the moneybag. A bag that was used for the ministry of Jesus. He stole the money and turned the value of riches into something more desirable than anything to him. But with his greed he had stirred the pot and the money had also become something black and dirty, a gateway for the devil himself and an unimaginable betrayal.
- Matthew 26: Two Very Different Roads Converge (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
we have the two groups making preparation for death. An unnamed woman comes to Jesus and anoints his head with very expensive perfume, unbeknownst to her as preparation for his burial. She does this as a sign of honor. Meanwhile, the chief priests strike a deal with Judas to lead them to Jesus in a private place so they can arrest him without a scene. Preparations are made for betrayal.
- Show While You Have Them (markphilipcagayat.wordpress.com)
Show your love, respect and everything you want to do to the people while you have them. The offerings of flower to the dead, why not when they’re alive – the Valentines? their birthdays? or those special days.
- Anointed with prayer (graceembraced.wordpress.com)
My pastor and boss asked if I wanted to be anointed. Of course I said “yes”, I was facing surgery. I’ve never had surgery before, so I thought I would find it comforting. Well no one told me to bring my make-up with me to the anointing, cause I needed it afterwards!
- A Great Gift commemorated (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
- Servant of his Father (christadelphians.wordpress.com)