The Alabaster Box

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We have several accounts of this story in John 12 (Mary, sister of Martha), Matthew 26 and Mark 14 (Simon’s house, a woman), and Luke 7 [the sinful woman and the first anointing]. As I studied these passages, my conclusion is there were three instances when Jesus was anointed by a woman.
In the scheme of life, it doesn’t matter who these ladies were. We know these women boldly went in to Jesus in front of all his disciples. They were each in a house filled with the “good old boys”. Have you ever walked into a place like that? You were quite sure you probably weren’t welcome in the room? I have and it isn’t a good feeling.
Quite frankly I don’t think the women even noticed the others there; not one of them heard their comments. They were focused on Jesus, the one who loved them, and was about ready to set each one free. And He also set us free. This is where Jesus broke down the barrier and set women free. They came there with no other motive but to pour out their gift on the Lord. They didn’t expect anything in return but — oh my what they got was incredible.
Isaiah 10:27 “And it shall be, in that day his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” These women did exactly that. They took the chance, they chose Jesus, they chose ridicule, they were bold and they emptied their Alabaster Box on the King.
What’s in your Alabaster box…have you ever looked inside to find out? Sometimes we have to go deep inside to see what is in there. Ladies, the Lord wants all of us, not just an hour or two on Sunday and Wednesday night. He wants a personal relationship with YOU! We can be honest when we go to Jesus. He wants a relationship, up close and personal with each of us. He loves you. Get that into your being. HE LOVES YOU!
When we make the decision to pour out our Alabaster Box offering, the world will be critical of our decision. Quite frankly, there will be many in the church [yes even your church] who will be critical of our decision. We have one flask to pour out on the Lord…what is in yours? These women poured it ALL out with everything they had.
Jesus did not think it was too much. He never thinks it is too much when we offer it all to Him. He loves it. We don’t know how long each woman was with Him, but I imagine it was as if it were only the two of them in the room. Have you ever been in the position where it was only you and the Lord? Together? Alone? No one else? That can happen even in a crowded room. Alone with Jesus.
They had each purposed in their hearts to give it all. No holding back, they were going to lavish it on the one they loved. Not even the men who were present who most likely were very critical and vocal when each woman came. But that didn’t stop them. They were focused on the King. Jesus should have rebuked them, but he didn’t stop any of them. There was no rebuke.
The last anointing took place two days before Jesus was crucified. I’ve wondered if Jesus still smelled the oil while He hung on the cross. Perhaps the lingering fragrance helped him to focus on why he was on the cross — through the torment the aroma wafted up and was with him through the agony he suffered reminding him of the love that was poured out on Him.
Alabaster boxes can hold many different things for each of us. As you consider what you are holding in yours, remember the King of Kings, YOUR King, YOUR Savior, YOUR love, YOUR Redeemer is ready for you to pour it out on Him and no matter what it is that your Alabaster box holds – HE will receive it and rejoice over it, cherish and treasure it because You brought it to Him freely and lovingly.

Bible text: NKJV

Peggy is a Mom to four married kids and "Peg" to three sons-in law and one daughter-in-law. She is Grammy to eight fantastic grandkids and three precious great-grandkids; ranging in age from 21 yrs down to one year. And a wife of 44 years. As a leader of the women’s ministry at her church, Peggy has a passion and longing for women to realize they are free in Christ. Her desire is to see women walk in truth and what the Lord has created them to do. She lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina.


  1. Susan Shipe

    March 21, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Word, sister. Amen.

  2. Heather

    March 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I love the part about keeping our focus on Jesus and not those surrounding us. When our eyes are on Him it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. We give Him what's in our Alabaster Box because it is Him that we are trying to please, not the others in the room. Thanks for these illustrations and reminding us where our focus should be.

  3. Diane Darocha

    March 22, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Very timely. Ahhh, that alabaster box…. 🙂

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