It is very exciting what you have brought up. This account was written about three times.
The first two times in Matthew and Mark, where the woman wasnít identified by name, yet.
In John, we see that it was Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha.
Also, the account in Luke 7 looks very similar to that in John, yet is written earlier on in that gospel.
In Matthew, Mark, and John, it is mentioned that this was for his burial.
In both Matthew and Mark, it is mentioned that:
ďWheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of herĒ
Matthew 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Mark 14:3 ∂ And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
It is very interesting that this account doesnít seem to be preached explicitly in the book of Acts or in the epistles.
Yet Jesus said it would. Is this a contradiction, then? No, I do not believe so.
It may be related to what I got from reading your letter.
This happens towards the end of Jesusí ministry on earth, and shortly before his death, burial, and resurrection.
So, perhaps this is prophetic of the end of the church age, right before the resurrection of the saints.
Also, that now is the time that this account is being spoken of, as the gospel is being preached in the whole world.
Iíve heard more about her doing this, lately, than I have in my entire life.
It may speak to the hearers something powerful, here at the end of the church age.
Perhaps to especially enable them to believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
To especially prepare them for the soon return of Jesus.
Also to prepare them for possible martyrdom, but followed by a glorious resurrection afterwards.
Most of all, I think it is to prepare all of us: readers, writers, speakers, and hearers,
To prepare us, by the Holy Ghost, to have the same heart and desire of Mary, toward Jesus.
This is especially great for us, right before we leave.
Soon, when he takes us to the Fatherís house, we will be able to weep at his feet, as she did.
Yet, we will see the hole in his feet, reminding us that he was crucified, and has washed away our sins with his blood.
Her weeping at his feet, was like she received a little preview of what it will be like at his feet then.
If there are to be crowns cast at his feet, and it would appear, continuously, and possibly repeatedly,
that after casting them at his feet, if they are to be picked up again, in order to cast them yet again,
that each time someone comes close to those feet of his, and sees the hole from the nail in his feet,
that there will be weeping and tears of great joy and gratitude.
Also, if that ointment cost 300 pence, and in one parable Jesus spoke of a penny as a dayís wages.
300 pence, would then be nearly a yearís wages, that she gave up, to anoint and worship Jesus.
It is like at the end, she gave up all that she had for Jesus, for the conclusion of his ministry, and to worship him.
Perhaps this account is for us, at the end of the church age, to encourage us to surrender all.
To give to Jesus all that we have and all that we are, for the conclusion of his churchís ministry, and to worship him.
Apparently she still had her house to go back to, but she was willing to give up so much, on a momentís notice.
What did she see, or know, in the Spirit, that moved her to give and worship like that?
She apparently responded to the move of the Holy Ghost, and did whatever he moved her to, for Jesus, no matter the cost
What do you think?