There are two road to renown. One cannot help but be deeply impressed with the contrast found in Matthew 26:6-13 between Judas and Mary.
Both are destined for renown, but by two completely different roads. Mary will earn fame, Judas infamy. The critical contrast between those whose memory will become a blemish and those who will be a blessing.
Of Judas, the Lord can only say, “It would have been good for that man if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24).
Of Mary, we read, “Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be spoken of in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:13)
Judas, had little affection for Jesus. He was not his Lord, but only a Rabbi. Jesus was more an opportunity to get ahead than the object of affection and worship. Not so with Mary. Jesus was her beloved Lord. Her anointing of Jesus was the abandon of deep affection and devotion. While Judas begrudged Jesus for His failure to seize His opportunity, Mary was filled only with gratitude.
The whole matter boils down to one simple issue, “What do you think of Jesus?” Judas did not value Him at all. He would get rid of Him for the price of a slave. Mary loved Him as no one else in her life. She would gladly give what was most precious, and costly if it would bring pleasure to Him.