S – She has done what she could; she has anointed my body in advance for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Mark 14:8–9 CSB

O – Commentary:  

This was a “beautiful thing” done in preparation “for My burial.” The woman may not have understood, but she did love the Lord and expressed that love by giving.

Judas, on the other hand, “went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them” for the promise of money.

What a contrast. The woman gave generously because she loved Jesus: Judas betrayed Jesus because he loved money.

 The Teacher’s Commentary

This unique promise looked beyond His death, burial, and resurrection to the present period of time when the gospel is being preached.

“Mark,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures

A – This action carries a gravity to it.  With great cost, the woman acknowledges “anointing” on the one who embodies the anointing.  That is amazing.  Jesus links the gospel to this action for the time after his resurrection.  Her recognition of who He is and a willingness to accept that personally caused her to give of herself (love and personal belongings) to him.  Much like we do in accepting Christ today.  He asks for our relationship and hearts.

R – Lord, help me to surrender it all to you.  


Devotion – Mark 14