A woman filled with sin knew that Jesus would be at the Pharisees house, so she went there with fragrance oil.
She wept behind Jesus and used her tears to wash his feet with her hair. She kissed Jesus feet and anointed it with fragrance oil. This woman being filled with sin to me means she was living in sin like a prostitute. We do not know what led her to that life, or how much pain and trauma she experienced over the years. The first thing she did was enter the house of the pharisee.
This is a big statement- this is saying” I do not care what others may think of me as in entering the pharisees house”. As a sinful woman she put her fear of others aside as in those times the pharisees were seen as the most righteous and holy of people.
Immediately behind Jesus she wept, she did not cry. But she wept. Weeping comes from deep within. To me it is like she was releasing every pain, experience, attitude, thought, and feeling she developed over the years in living the life that she did. she then used her tears to clean the feet of Jesus.
She surrendered her BEFORE self to Him! she gave him everything from within.
The fact that she used her hair to clean His feet is significant to me, as a woman’s hair even more so in those times was and is today the beauty of a woman- her significance. Maybe she even used her hair to attract men- this to me is a humbling action of giving to Jesus. The bible then says that she kissed His feet. His feet! this symbolising her pure love.
And then she anointed his feet with her fragrance oil. Her prized possession. Her scent. Her worth,
I cried when I read this because it reminded me of me when I came to the church and my conversion. I had to pour myself out to inherit total freedom of the mind from everything I was subjected to before finding Jesus.
We have to be poured out daily! This woman did not see anyone- all she saw was the need for her to be released. She new that she could ask for forgiveness and be forgiven, But that is not what she was after alone! She wanted Jesus! she laid everything upon him- she poured herself out!!
Is it not amazing that even what is ugly, when given to God can be transformed into something very beautiful as she used her tears of pain to clean the feet of Jesus! We have to be humble in these 21 days, strip off ourselves, and pour ourselves out.
Collaboration of Stacey Brown