Imagine the scene . . . a fine dinner fit for only a Pharisee, yet an immoral woman crashed the party. A woman of the city.
Dusty roads brought Jesus to the house of Simon. Custom and hospitality would have the host wash a guest’s feet with water and anoint their head with oil. Ignored guest, Jesus reclines at the table, when a woman enters to fall at His dust.
At the table we see what worship looks like . . . grateful, humble, and trembling boldness. Crying, she wipes His feet with tears, then pours her best over His feet, costly perfume from the alabaster box.
The earthly cost of her alabaster contents was equal to a common worker’s annual wage. She “wastes” her best on Him. He pours out His best on her, and on us, from the cross.
Then she will be welcome at the table, no longer on the floor.
As she cleanses His feet, He cleanses her heart.
The host was caught up in judging. Simon says, within himself . . . hmmm, if this man were a prophet, he would know the character of this sinner-woman and not allow her to touch Him.
God’s messiah explains with a story . . . it “includes” the three of them . . .
“If a creditor (Jesus) is owed 500 coins from one debtor (sinful woman), and 50 from another debtor (Simon), and tells both of the debtors who can’t pay what they owe they are forgiven the debt, who would love him best?”
The self-righteous Simon asks, “the one who is forgiven much?”
“You are right” He answers.
The extravagant-worship woman recorded in Luke 7:36-50, tells a different account than another recorded in the other three gospels.
She went outside of culture and custom to worship the One who loved her first. As she bowed humble low and looked up into His eyes, He looked into her soul, knowing her better than anyone.
The unnamed woman will be remembered for her overwhelming love. She entered bound by past and left set free. Scandalous grace.
This story reminds me how God accepts everyone. No sin is too great to be forgiven.
Jesus uses broken vessels. Do we smell like we have been in His presence?
Because you believed, you are saved from your sins. Go in peace. Luke 7:50
. . . and we can . . and I do . . .