Why did the woman do this? Jesus explains that, "She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial." (verse 8) Was this woman preparing Jesus for his burial only in the sense that the dead were prepared with spices before they were buried in a tomb? The imagery of anointing so strongly reminds me of the priests (Exodus 40:13) and kings (1 Samuel 15:1) of the Old Testament. Could the woman's actions also possibly point to the fact that in his death, Jesus was performing the service of the High Priest, who died as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45)? And could it also possibly point to the fact that in his death, Jesus was revealed to be the "King of the Jews" (Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:26, Luke 23:38, John 19:19)? In addition to being anointed as one dead, was he also anointed as one who is a living Priest and King?
"...for the joy that was set before Him [Jesus] endured the cross..." -Hebrews 12:1-3
"I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You...
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will praise the LORD.
Let your heart live forever! " -Psalm 22:22, 26
"How good and pleasant it is
when God's people live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron's beard,
down on the collar of his robe." Psalm 133:1-2
Did that perfume also run down the Anointed One's beard as he reclined at Simon's table and the sweet smell of the perfume filled the room?