Anointing as a sign of Promotion

On the Monday before Jesus was going to die Mary from Bethany anointed Jesus and Judas complained. (John 12:1-11) On Tuesday Jesus said,

“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.”

Judas kiss – The Book of Hours – 15th Century

He foretelled his being lifted up. (John 12:20-36) On Wednesday Jesus feeded, Judas betrayed, and night came. (John 13:21-32)

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.

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The Ointment of the Magdalene (Le parfum de Madeleine) – James Tissot

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


Anointing of Christ as Prophetic Rehearsal of the Burial rites

On the Nature of Christ

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


Additional reading

  1. Day of remembrance coming near
  2. Nazarene Commentary Matthew 3:13-17 – Jesus Declared God’s Son at His Baptism
  3. Marriage of Jesus 1 Mary, John, Judas, Thomas and Brown
  4. Marriage of Jesus 3 Listening women
  5. A Living Faith #8 Change
  6. Let me keep to “first importance” things
  7. Everyday beauty
  8. Certainty in a troubled world
  9. 14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate
  10. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  11. Jesus is risen
  12. Risen With Him
  13. Who Celebrates Easter as Religious Holiday
  14. Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
  15. Talpiot Tomb a family grave of the tribe of Jesus


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