“And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.”
Mark 14:3

The spikenard in this alabaster box was a perennial herb harvested in the Himalayas. It was very rare and thus very costly. Because of it’s strong and luring aroma, it was dubbed “the perfume of love” in Jesus day. As Jesus is sitting at the table with his disciples, the ex- prostitute decides to disrupt the mundane atmosphere and break her box for Jesus. We must be careful before we do like the disciples and judge someone for breaking their box. We judge someone because they step out of the status quo and do what we should be doing. Be careful because you never know how much it cost them too break their box- tears they cry, the voice they shout with is very costly. And when the box was broken for Jesus, love filled the air! We can have all the best singing in the house. We can have great sermons and great disciples but if we have not love, it profits nothing! Thank God for a woman who decided no matter what it cost, I’m going to break my box for Jesus. When she broke the box, the sweet aroma of God’s Love filled the house. After Jesus left the house that day, He set His face to Jerusalem to die on a cross, covered in this sweet perfume! I believe with every step, every beating, every lashing, every mocking that Jesus took- love filled the air. The bystanders started sniffing and then asking, “Do you smell that?, What is that?” They would answer, “that’s love- love fills the air.” When Jesus went up that hill call Calvary, the crowd that watched could not help but say- “Love is in the air”. When Jesus was nailed on the cross, the centurion could not help but say, “I smell love in the air”. When the centurion pierced Jesus’s side with a spear, He could not help but smell the aroma of God’s grace and say Love is in the air. Break your box for Jesus and let the love of God that is shed abroad in your heart come out and bless the world!

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