“Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead,[whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” John 12:1-8
I pondered this verse, wondering why did Mary choose Spikenard Oil? A little research provided some interesting facts. I discovered the amount of Spikenard essential oil that was poured on Jesus before his death would be valued at about $35,000.00 today. Then and now that represents about a year’s wage for an average worker. Spikenard was considered rare and “prized”. It was used by priests and kings as an anointing oil, and for meditation. In biblical times, spikenard was used as a perfume, as medicine, to enhance mood, and as preparation for burial.
Today we know spikenard has a high sequiterpene content of 93%, giving it the ability to oxygenate the brain. Studies show it can promote relaxation and has a calming effect. Spikenard is considered to be an emotional/spiritual oil. I read, “This oil will help us release the need to control and rebel against power and authority figures.” Mary chose well, the spikenard oil ministered to Jesus’ humanity as he became our CHRIST.