Reference: Mary, Sister Of Lazarus And Martha
The three are spoken of as those whom Jesus loved. They resided at Bethany, where they were privileged to welcome the Lord Jesus as a guest. On one of these visits Mary took her place at the feet of the Lord, feasting upon the words that fell from His lips. Martha wanted her help, but the Lord declared that one thing was needful, and Mary had chosen that good part, which should not be taken away from her. Lu 10:38-42. The heart of Mary was riven at the death of Lazarus. Word had been sent to the Lord that he was sick, and yet He had not come. When Jesus arrived Mary exclaimed, as Martha had done previously, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died:" but Mary said it at the feet of the Lord. Jesus wept, and Mary thus learned His sympathy, and had a fresh taste of the good part which death could not take from her. To Martha Jesus said that she should have her brother back, and should see the power of death broken by the One who was "the resurrection and the life;" but Mary had Himself. Joh 11:1-44.
Afterwards, when they made the Lord a supper, a few days before He suffered, Mary, in full appreciation of her Lord, anointed His head and His feet with costly ointment. Judas and others were indignant at what they called 'waste,' but the Lord defended Mary's action, and said He was being anointed for His burial: this act should be told of her in the whole world. Nothing was too costly to be spent upon such a Lord. Joh 12:1-8: cf. Mt 26:6-13; Mr 14:3-9. It should be noted that this is not the same event as that recorded in Lu 7:36-50.
Now when Jesus was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came to him a woman having an alabaster-box of very precious aromatic ointment, and poured it upon his head as he sat at table. read more. But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, For what end is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for a considerable sum, and given to the poor. Then Jesus knowing it, said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath performed a good act upon me: for the poor ye have always with you, but me ye have not always: for in pouring this odoriferous ointment on my body, she hath done it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wherever this Gospel is preached through the whole world, what she hath done shall be also spoken of for a memorial of her.
And when he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at table, a woman came, having an alabaster vase of ointment, of genuine spikenard, of vast value: and breaking the vase, she let it flow down upon his head. And there were some who felt indignation within themselves, saying, Wherefore is this waste of the ointment made? read more. For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor. And they bitterly murmured against her. Then said Jesus, Let her alone; why give ye her uneasiness? she hath performed a laudable act towards me. For the poor ye have always with you, and when ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. What was in her power she hath done; she has seized the opportunity to anoint my body beforehand for burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached through the whole world, there shall, what she hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Then one of the Pharisees invited him to eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to table. And, behold, a certain woman in the city, who was a notorious offender, when she knew that Jesus was sitting at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster vessel of odoriferous balm, read more. and standing at his feet behind him, began to water his feet with her tears, and to wipe them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the perfumed balm. And when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said within himself, If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what kind of a woman this is that toucheth him; for she is a notorious sinner. And Jesus addressing himself to him said, Simon, I have somewhat to say to thee. And he said, Master, speak freely. A certain creditor had two debtors, the one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. But having nothing to pay, he forgave them both. Tell me, which of these, then, will love him most? And Simon answering said, I suppose, he to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast judged rightly. So turning to the woman, he said to Simon, Thou seest this woman? I came into thine house, even water for my feet thou gavest not; but she hath washed my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. One kiss hast thou not given me, but she from the time she hath come in, hath not ceased tenderly to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou hast not anointed; but she hath anointed my feet with odoriferous balm. For which cause, I tell thee, her many sins are forgiven, for she hath loved much: but to whom a little is forgiven, he loveth little. And he said to her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they who sat at table with him began to say in themselves, Who is this, who even forgives sins? But he said unto the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
And it came to pass, as they were travelling, that he entered into a certain village; and a woman, named Martha, received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sitting down also at the feet of Jesus, hearkened to his discourse. read more. But Martha was hurrying about to provide a large entertainment, and coming up to him, she said, Lord, is it no concern to thee, that my sister hath left me to make the whole provision by myself? bid her therefore to assist me. But Jesus answering said to her, Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and disturbing thyself about many things. But of one thing there is need: and Mary hath made her election of that good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.
NOW there was a sick man, Lazarus, of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was the Mary who had anointed the Lord with the balm, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) read more. The sisters therefore sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard it, he said, This sickness is not for death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. Then, though he heard he was ill, yet notwithstanding he abode in the same place where he was two days. But after that he saith to his disciples, Let us go again into Judea. The disciples say unto him, Rabbi, the Jews have just now sought to stone thee; and art thou going thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he doth not stumble, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light with him. These things said he: and after that he saith to them, Our friend Lazarus is asleep; but I go to waken him up. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he is asleep, he will recover. Now Jesus had spoken of his death: but they apprehended that he spake of taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus therefore told them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I rejoice on your account that I was not there, in order that ye may believe; but let us go to him. Then said Thomas, (called Didymus, the twin,) to his fellow-disciples, Let us go too, that we may die with him. Then Jesus, when he came; found that he had already lain in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: and many of the Jews had come with the women who were about Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, when she heard that Jesus was coming, met him: but Mary sat in the house. And Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But even now I know, that whatsoever things thou shalt ask of God, God will give thee. Jesus saith to her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith to him, I know that he shall rise at the resurrection in the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and every one who is alive, and believeth in me, shall never die to eternity. Believest thou this? She saith to him, Yes, Lord I believe that thou art the Messiah, the Son of God, who cometh into the world. So when she had thus spoken, she went away, and called her sister Mary privately, saying, The Master is near at hand, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard it, she rose hastily, and came to him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the village, but was on the spot where Martha had met him. Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, observing Mary, that she rose up hastily, and went out, followed her, saying, She is going to the tomb, to weep there. When therefore Mary was come where Jesus was, beholding him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died! When Jesus then saw her weeping, and all the Jews who came with her lamenting, he groaned in spirit, and was himself greatly agitated: and he said, Where have ye laid him? They say to him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold, how he loved him! But some of them said, Could not this man, who openeth the eyes of the blind, have caused that this person should not have died? Then Jesus again groaning in himself, cometh to the sepulchre. It was an excavation, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus saith, Remove the stone. The sister of the deceased, Martha, said to him, Lord, he is by this time putrid: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Did I not tell thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shalt see the glory of God? Then they removed the stone where the deceased was lying. And Jesus lifted his eyes upwards, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me! And I knew that thou always dost hear me: but for the sake of the multitude standing by I spake, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he had thus spoken, with a loud voice he cried, Lazarus, come forth! And the deceased came forth, his feet and his hands wrapped with the linen swathes; and his face bound round with a napkin. Jesus saith to them, Loose him, and let him go!
JESUS then before the days of the passover came to Bethany, where the deceased Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead. Therefore they made him a supper there; and Martha waited: but Lazarus was one of those who sat at table with him. read more. Then Mary taking a pound of unadulterated balm of nard, very valuable, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then said one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, who was preparing to betray him, Wherefore was not this aromatic ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor? Now he said this, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and kept the purse, and carried the money put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: for the day of my burial hath she reserved this. For the poor ye have always with you; but me ye have not always.