She has done a beautiful thing (Mark 14:1-11)John Parker, 30th March 2014
Part of the Study of the Gospels series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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14:2 "But not during the Feast," they said, "or the people may riot."
14:3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
14:4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this waste of perfume?
14:5 It could have been sold for more than a year's wages and the money given to the poor." And they rebuked her harshly.
14:6 "Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
14:7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.
14:8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.
14:9 I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
14:10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.
14:11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
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