Mark Has Some Good News, Part 62, Recognition
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her."
You have to wonder if this woman figured it out. That Jesus was the lamb that would be sacrificed for her sins. And that as much as she loved him she knew he would die for her life which many think was the life of a prostitute.
The reason I think this is the case is because Jesus affirms her actions. She could not prevent his death but she could honor him in life as she would have his body in death. And Jesus says just that in vs 8. This woman knew what Jesus was and what he would do but unlike the sheep and bulls and doves that died every year for the atonement of sin she would see her sacrifice rise and an empty tomb.
She recognized the importance of her savior long before the rest of us did, she was vigilant. Looking for a promised savior to save her.