Kings, chief priests, and prophets were anointed to symbolize the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to fulfill their heavenly duty. In the same way, the sister of Lazarus, Mary, was moved by the Holy Spirit to pour fragrant oil on Christ’s body to anoint Him. Christ was the true anointed One in whom dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. This anointing for death was in harmony with His Father’s will. It was accomplished through the sacrifice of a woman who generously gave the treasure of her life to glorify the beloved Messiah.We should take heed of considering anything a waste that is bestowed upon the Lord Jesus, either by others or by ourselves. Time spent in His service and money spent in His work is not wasted. Although it seems to be cast upon the waters, we shall gainfully find it again after many days (Ecclesiastes 11:1).The disciples thought the ointment poured upon His head was wasted. But He said to them, “If much ointment were poured upon a dead body, according to the custom of your country, you would not complain or think it a waste.” The body she anoints is as good as dead, and her affection is very expressive for that reason. Therefore, it should be considered a preparation for His death rather than a waste.Christ’s disciples said the fragrant oil should have been sold and the money given to the hungry and poor. However, Christ praised Mary’s kindness with divine commendation. He made her service known worldwide as a proper preparation for His crucifixion and burial.