A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.
This very costly fragrant oil is myrrh, a perfumed oil often mentioned in scripture. It was said to be an oil used as an anointing for burial, as well as an holy oil used to anoint the tabernacle, high priests and kings. For Jesus, it was one of the gifts — along with gold and frankincense — brought by the wise men at His birth.
We see that this event from Matthew’s gospel holds a special place in Jesus’ story for it reveals the beginning and end of His earthly existence and relates this with a holy oil confirming Him as our King of kings and Great High Priest. The anointing oil is the carrier of the Holy Spirit’s touch — the sanctity of that intimate relationship between God and His king and priest. Scripture tells us that all who accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour are kings and priests in His service.
Only recently we have witnessed an example of the continuing significance of this, with the use of Anointing Oil in the coronation ceremony for King Charles III, and although this very costly fragrant oil was an olive oil perfumed with rose, jasmine, cinnamon, amber, sesame, orange blossom and neroli, the event was the most important and intimate part of the ceremony. For this reason it was not shown publically or revealed on television, with the King obscured from view under a canopy.
The significance of the event described by Matthew is that the very costly fragrant oil poured on Jesus’ head is described shortly before the crucifixion story unfolds, and the apostles’ objections to ‘this waste’ of the oil reveals once again their stuckness in natural understanding, unable perhaps to see the spiritual significance. Jesus was being given a great anointing and Holy Spirit strengthening by Father God for His final hours on earth. He was being anointed for burial — For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial He says — and thus is given supernatural life to take Him through the Cross and into everlasting life.
The import of that gift of Myrrh by the Wise Men is now revealed, and unveils to our understanding part of the deeper truth that makes Christmas such a special time of remembrance and celebration.
Moreover the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART