Woman prepares Jesus’ burial with her perfume

Many Bible teachers teach that there were two women who poured perfume on Jesus. But the deep study of the truth reveals that they were not two but only one, who was Mary the Magdalene. It happened before the Passover and after the Passover Jesus was crucified and hence recurrence of the same instance was not possible.

 

We read about the above subject in all the four Gospels viz (Matt 26: 1-13), (Mark 14; 1-9), (Luke 7: 36-50) and (John 12: 1-11).

The details are given below for easy understanding.

(Matthew 26:1-13)

  1. Two days prior to the Passover it happened.
  2. It took place in the house of Simon the leper, during a meal, in Bethany. .
  3. A woman brought costly perfume and poured on the head of Jesus.
  4. Some murmured that it was a waste and could have sold to give to some poor.
  5. Jesus defended her by saying leave her alone, she poured perfume on his body beforehand to prepare for his burial.
  6. She will be remembered wherever the Gospel is preached.

(Mark 14: 1-9)

  1. Two days prior to the Passover it happened.
  2. It took place in the house of Simon the leper, during a meal.
  3. A woman brought costly perfume and poured on the head of Jesus.
  4. Some murmured that it was a waste and could have sold to give to some poor.
  5. Jesus defended her by saying leave her alone, she poured perfume on his body beforehand to prepare for his burial.
  6. She will be remembered wherever the Gospel is preached.

(Luke 7: 36-50)

  1. It took place in the house of Simon, a Pharisee, during a meal, in Bethany.
  2. A woman who had lived a sinful life brought costly perfume and poured on the feet of Jesus, weeping and wetting his feet with tears and wiped with her hair.
  3. Simon said to himself that if Jesus was a prophet, he could know about that sinful woman.
  4. Jesus defended the woman by telling a parable to Simon that she loved him more than Simon loved and her sins were forgiven more.

(John 12: 1-11)

  1. Six days prior to the Passover it happened in Bethany.
  2. A woman called Mary brought costly perfume and poured on the feet of Jesus, weeping and wetting his feet with tears and wiped with her hair.
  3. One of the disciples murmured that it was a waste and could have sold to give to some poor.
  4. Jesus defended her by saying leave her alone, she poured perfume on his body beforehand to prepare for his burial.
  5. Martha, Mary and Lazarus were natives of Bethany (John 11:1,2), and all the three were in that house and Martha served and Lazarus was dining with Jesus as he was his friend and a famous man whom Jesus quickened him from grave after four days and many came to see Lazarus. (Luke 8:2 says that Mary the Magdalene was possessed with seven devils and was healed.)

 

Analysis.

In Gospel of Matthew and Mark it was mentioned that it was two days prior to Passover and in Gospel of John it was mentioned as six days prior to Passover. Prior to Passover is correct and two days or six days can be of human error but the fact was that the feast was in Simon’s house in Bethany which was the dwelling place of Martha, Mary and Lazarus and also the place of Simon a Pharisee and was a leper but could be healed by Jesus.

 

In Gospel of Matthew and Mark, in Bethany prior to Passover a woman poured a costly perfume on head of Jesus and some murmured against her action and Jesus defended her as preparing for his burial. In Gospel of Luke and John, in Bethany the woman called Mary the Magdalene who had a sinful past life and was possessed with seven devils was pouring the perfume on his feet and wet his feet with tears and wiped with her hair. Here Jesus with his disciples feasted in Bethany in Simon’s house is correct.

 

Pouring the perfume on head in Gospel of Matthew and Mark and pouring on feet in Gospel of Luke and John need not be taken seriously as she could have poured on head and feet as well. Martha was serving the table may reveal that she might be a servant in Simon’s house, and Mary came there to see Jesus and receive blessings.

 

In Gospel of Luke, comment of a disciple was not mentioned and in Gospel of John, the name of Simon the Pharisee was not mentioned, but the comment of Simon on the woman in the Gospel of Luke was recorded in Gospel of John as her past life was bad. In Gospel of Matthew, Mark and John the occurrence was similar, but the name of the woman was mentioned only in Gospel of John, and comments by disciples and Jesus defending the woman are similar and hence it is proved that the woman was Mary the Magdalene. In Gospel of Luke also it was a woman of sinful past and it tallied with Gospel of John as it was Mary the Magdalene who had a sinful past whereby she was possessed with seven devils, and Jesus delivered her.

Hence it is proved beyond doubt that it was only one woman who poured perfume on Jesus in Bethany in Simon’s house during a feast who was Mary the Magdalene. Glory to God.

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