Jesus has his feet anointed.
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Today we are going to look at the story of when Jesus had his feet anointed by Mary. This story looks at how Mary, Lazarus’s sister, poured very expensive oil on Jesus’s feet. The Disciples were very upset as they thought Mary had wasted the oil. But Mary was actually showing that by using the oil, Jesus deserves to be honoured and worshiped and was special to her. Just like when we do something kind for our friends or family, we are showing them that they are very special to us. If I were to ask you to name your most prized possession, what would it be? To some of you, it might be a special toy that you have had from being a baby or it might be a special doll or souvenir. If a friend or family member came to visit you in your home, would you give your special toy or possession to that friend to show your love? That is what Mary did in our Bible story today.
The story is below along with some YouTube stories about Jesus having his feet anointed for you to watch afterwards. There are also some fun activities attached for you to try at home. I hope you have fun today learning all about Jesus and being kind to our friends and family.
The Story of Jesus having his feet anointed.
Jesus Was Anointed – Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8
The time was coming to celebrate the Passover. Every year, the Jewish people gathered together to remember a special event that happened long ago. When God’s people were slaves in Egypt, God did great things to rescue His people. God showed the pharaoh that He is in charge, and the pharaoh let God’s people go. God had used Moses to lead His people out of Egypt and to the promised land, God did not want the people to forget that time, so every year, the Jews had a feast. Many Jews travelled to Jerusalem to get ready for the special time.
Six days before the Passover feast began, Jesus went to the town of Bethany. Bethany was near Jerusalem and Jesus’ friend Lazarus lived there with his sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus was the man Jesus had raised from the dead.
Jesus went to his friend Simon’s house for a meal. Jesus was reclining at the table when Mary, Lazarus’ sister, came to Him. She had a jar of very expensive oil. The oil smelled good, like a perfume. Mary broke open the jar and poured the oil on Jesus’ feet.
Jesus’s disciples were very upset! They thought Mary had wasted the expensive oil. The oil was worth 300 denarii – about a year’s pay. One of the disciples, Judas Iscariot, said, “She could have sold the oil for a lot of money, and then she could have given the money to the poor!” Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor, he said it because he loved money.
They told Mary that she had done the wrong thing, but Jesus spoke up. “Leave her alone”, He said “She has done a very good thing for me.”
Then Jesus explained, “You will always have people around you who are poor, but you will not always have me.”
Jesus said this because he knew that it was only a few days before he would be crucified and buried. I don’t know if Mary knew or not, but I do think that Mary wanted to give Jesus the very best that she had to show her love for him. That perfume was the very best thing that Mary had to offer.
Jesus has given us the most wonderful gift imaginable- the gift of everlasting life.
Jesus said that wherever the gospel was told in the whole world, people would also hear about Mary and what she had done.
Christ Connection: Pouring the very expensive oil on Jesus was not a waste, it was worship. By allowing Mary to anoint Him, Jesus showed that He is more valuable than anything. Jesus knew He would soon die for sinners, be buried, and rise from the dead on the third day.
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Heavenly Father, Jesus gave his life to show his love for us. May we also give our lives in service to him as an expression of our love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
A prayer for My Friend
God, thank you for my friend. You tell us that it is not good to be alone, God, and bless us with family and friends all around us. Thank you for giving us people to talk to and laugh with. I pray for my friend today, that they have a good day and a blessed life. They are a blessing to me, God, when I need them the most. Just like Jesus is to me. Help me to be kind like Jesus. To be a good friend to others and spread his love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.