Bethany is the village where Jesus friends Martha, Mary, and Lazarus lived. There at a dinner party, Mary “wasted” her precious ointment anointing the Lord (Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8); and we “pour ourselves out” on the Lord in living single for him.
In Bethany Martha offered Jesus welcome, rest, hospitality, and refreshment and served him and his disciples and Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to his word (Luke 10:38-39), as we too do.
When Jesus came to Bethany after the death of his friend Lazarus, Martha professed her faith in him, saying, “Yes, Lord, I believe you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world” (John 11:27). And when Mary heard “The Master is here, and is calling for you” (John 11:28), she immediately responded to him.
In Bethany we find models for our own faith in the Lord and dedication, service, and attentiveness to him.
This woodcut is by Yvette Rock, an artist and friend from Detroit, Michigan, USA. It depicts the woman at Bethany from Mark 14, anointing the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Mary of Bethany" copyright © 2010-2014 Yvette Rock. No portion of art may be downloaded or reproduced without permission from the artist.