The wise men brought treasures to Jesus as a child and a few rare people with insight, continued to do the same.
And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. (Mat 26:6 -12)
We don’t know her name only her love and that she came to pay her debt the best she could. Set free from her torment and now living with new hope, she brought treasure to Jesus and poured her oil upon Jesus head. 300 denarii would be worth $50,000 today. Usually a person would only pay that much to anoint a family member for their burial. That’s extravagant worship. You can’t accurately ladle out worship, so she poured it out. Worship is wasteful; it is always excessive -maybe even over the top. You can only pour it out unmeasured.
It wasn’t only Judas that asked why the fragrant oil was “wasted?” Literally “ruined to decay.” The exact same word was used by Jesus to describe Judas later when He called him son of perdition. Perdition is “ruined to decay.” How people value the worship given to Jesus by others, is perhaps a good indicator of their heart and their future.
Extravagant worship always exposes the hard, pragmatic, selfish or merely natural mindset. The disciples asked why her passion and devotion were not used to help the poor. Worship is not about being helpful or practical or alleviating need or misery. Meeting a need is a good thing to do at any time but it is not worship. Worship is given to the One who has no need – we worship because it is us who have the need to worship.
Friend, our best work is worship and it seems that Jesus is amazed that a disciple doesn’t get that.