The Cross is proof that the Lord is able to sanctify suffering and pain! In fact, this is a major theme throughout the Scriptures. In 2 Corinthians 12:10, Paul writes, "For when I am weak, then I am strong." This is remarkable! It was in the context of suffering and hardship that God's power was put on display in the life of Paul. The Lord beautifully used Paul's suffering for His glory and Paul's sanctification! In our passage, Jesus is simultaneously anointed King and prepared for burial through the action of the unnamed woman. On either side of this episode, we see the growing threat of death and betrayal surrounding Jesus. What good could possibly come from this? Verse 9 is key! Jesus says, "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." In the midst of multiple allusions to the death of the King, Jesus looks ahead to the glorious result of the Cross-the worldwide spread of the gospel! Suffering would lead to glory! Let us pray that the Lord would redeem our pain and suffering for the spread of His fame and glory and our growth in Christlikeness! Simply put, that is what the Lord is in the habit of doing!