Love, Feet and Holy Week – Part 1

I’ve been studying Jesus’ last week and a few questions came up. 1. Why does love and feet fall in Holy Week?  And 2, how do I love? This all came from a couple of stories.

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b]” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you,[c] but you will not always have me.”
— John 12:1-8


During my study I was using the SOAP method. Which asks for observations? The first thing that hit me was a question. How do I love? See there were multiple people in this passage. Each loving in their own way.


Lazarus, who invited Jesus in and was lounging with him at the table. He was loving Jesus with his time, and space.


Martha, who was busy serving the party. She as was normal for her. Martha was making sure everything was done, and others were taken care of.


Mary, who followed God’s prompting and anointed Jesus’ feet. Wiping them with her hair. The perfume was in itself a sacrifice as it was worth a year’s wages. Could you imagine giving up a year’s worth of your wages for Jesus? Mary was lovingly preparing Jesus for his death and burial.


Judas, I’m sure as you read that name you wanted to jump back up and re-read the scripture. If that is the case, why not pull out your Bible and read it from there. John 12:1-8.

Don’t worry, I will wait…

Okay ready?

Judas was loving as so many people do today. He was loving in a selfish manner, and trying to disguise it as good and loving. He asked why “was this expensive perfume not sold to help the poor”. What he really wanted was to use some of that money for himself. Jesus rebuked him for this. For the poor will always be with us. More on that next week.

So who do you love like? Lazarus, Martha, Mary, or Judas. In the SOAP method after observations, it is time to apply what you have learned. So know that you know who you love like, you can apply the lessons they teach us.

Love is never about us. It should never be selfish or jealous. (Judas, no it isn’t about you.) Love should be about offering everything we have. (Mary, yes right on. Martha and Lazarus, you are on the right track). If it is expensive okay, but if it is just the act of service, or following God’s prompting to offer an apology. That is love. So be like Mary, Martha, and Lazarus and love those around you. For you don’t know how long you have with them.

Dear Lord, help me to know when you are prompting me, help me not to hold back, but to love those you have put around me with everything you have given me to love them with. Help me to see your prompting and to follow through. In Jesus Name, Amen