Do you relate more to Simon or the sinful woman?
In Luke chapter 7, we read a beautiful story about the “sinful woman” who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair, tears, and poured oil on Jesus’ head. Some scholars share that the oil in her alabaster box was bought with the money from her prostitution. Oil in those times was costly, a treasure, and saved up for your burial.
Simon, a religious man, who invited Jesus to his home watched in disgust and chastised the woman. Jesus reminded Simon that because she has sinned much, she loves much, and rebuked Simon, and received the woman.
(picture from: http://susanbailey.org/tag/mary-anoints-jesus-feet/)
44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
A pastor shared yesterday from Cloverhill Assembly of God, “Which one are you?” Are you Simon, the learned person, who knows all the scriptures yet has no intimacy with Jesus? Jesus spoke to Simon and shared that he did not greet him with a kiss, wash his feet, or anoint him with oil as was the custom in those days when you had an honored guest. Simon could recite all the books of the Old Testament, but he had a hard time following the message. I loved what the pastor shared, “Maybe Jesus spoke to her potential”, whereas the religious people spoke about her sin. Grace.
Biblical salvation is when we not only believe that Jesus is our Savior, but we also follow Him in an intimate relationship. Not works, not perfection, but a passionate love relationship. As you finish reading this post, imagine yourself at the feet of Jesus washing his feet with your hair, your tears of joy and love, and anointing His head with the oil of all your saved up treasures. Release them to Jesus.
If the oil was used for burial purposes then we know that shortly after this event Jesus endured the cross. Oh the sweetness of the oil that lingered on His skin that he must have consumed in His spirit as He walked the road to the cross. Perhaps as He consumed the perfume, it reminded Him over and over again of His purpose, our sins, His love for us.
I pray you take the time to watch this video of a beautiful song called the Alabaster Box by CeCe Winans, and watch the story played out on the video. Imagine yourself there.
Who are you today?
Simon the intellectual believer or the forgiven, following, sinner seeking intimacy with Jesus? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=G5zIOcBiTGg&feature=endscreen)