I thought it said that they ‘brought’ some spices to the tomb. On second reading, the Gospel of Mark records that the women had ‘bought’ spices for his body after His death. That interested me. Not only because I don’t like to waste money! Some of you are snickering. You know me well. My Scots’ DNA reveals itself!
These women didn’t hunt high-and-low in their pantries for out-of-date spices they could bring to the tomb that day. After all, who would know if the spices were fresh or not. Some re-gifting might be in the air! Clear the shelves. Waste not…
It was customary to anoint the cadaver with aromatic oils to mask the odor of a decomposing body. (If you’re soon to have a meal, bon appetite!) Here’s an interesting twist to the story. The women bought and brought spices for Jesus’ body. Spices were often reserved for royal burials. 2 Chronicles 16:14–‘they laid him (King Asa) on a bier that had been filled with various kinds of spices prepared by the perfumer’s art…’ Spices for a king. Worthy of the best we can offer.
But King Jesus is not dead. Not any longer. He’s risen from the dead! He’s alive! So, what can we bring Him? Certainly not out dated stuff from the pantry of our lives.
The women ‘bought’ spices, which was quite costly. They had to dig deep for Him. We can never buy our salvation, but we can offer Him our best. What that means for me, may not even come close to what it means for you. But find out. Then do it. It will cost you, but what did our salvation cost Him?
Lord, we want to give you our very best. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.