“Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her”.
Mk 14:9 NIV
She did something beautiful for Jesus. Then Jesus said something beautiful for her, recognizing the significance of her action. Her deed would not just finish there in Bethany. There was a big story to tell to all the world, the story of Christ’s life, his teachings, actions, life, death and resurrection. It was the story of the greatest life ever lived and the mightiest miracle God ever enacted. But it was not exclusively about Jesus. It included them, the disciples, the human companions and learners. They were God’s people and Jesus, wherever he goes, always has a group of people. They are part of the story for they are inseparably linked to him. So are all the others Jesus touched – the lepers, Jairus’ daughter, the woman who touched him in the crowd, blind Barti- maeus, the man called “Legion”, and the woman whose precious gift was a gesture of unparalleled love and devotion. Wherever Jesus was preached there were the human accomplices of the gospel, and those yet to become part of the story – Paul, Timothy, Silas, Barnabas, Augustine, the Philippian jailer and countless thousands whose love for Jesus has shone the light of the gospel in a dark and evil world. All are part of the gospel.
And today those who teach children the stories of Jesus, those who take the story to foreign lands, those who get martyred by enemies of the faith, those who go into prisons to bring the concern and love of God, and all who talk to friends about Jesus – all of them are part of the greatest story ever told. Are you?
Lord, show me the part I can play in the great gospel story.