by Christina Farris
36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. The self-righteous of some people will cause the greatest sin of anti love, it called bigotry, cliquishness, and down right hate. It is the type of hate that keeps sinners from entering churches to get saved. It the type of hate the cause sinners not to ask the hard questions about salvation and about God and it is the same bigotry that when the bigot sin's causes the sinner to say you no better then me. Pharisee observed the sinful woman that was washing Jesus's feet his name is Simon, and has he watched her he notice she poured an expensive jar of perfume on his feet and washed his feet with her tears and dried his feet with her hair. Yet the story begins a minute or so before with the parable of two people with a debt both are forgiven but one had more debt then the other. Which debtor would love him more.
This woman that anointed Jesus feet he said your sins are forgiven, and he look at Simon and said to him, you anointed my head not, nor washed my feet, or dried them. Others that observed wanted to know who is this that forgives sin. The constant eye for a eye and tooth for tooth was the law. Something to note this woman did not ask to be judged for her action, but she was. Simon understood not why Jesus allow a sinner to cleanse him. This happened early then the second account. The second account was for Jesus burial. Luke 7 would of been still early on in Christ ministry, no opposition yet to his ministry at this point beyond the simple question of why are you allowing these sinners so close to you with out a 6 foot distancing rule. After all Pharisees did not allow sinner close to them. The good Samaritan story is a prime example of the Pharisees going the extra distance to avoid helping a wounded man on the side of the road, because of this law. Self righteousness will keep you from help someone in need, or help someone dying and taking their last breath. Could ministers help the dying of Coronavirus, is supplies limited to the point the dying can not be prayed for? Leperous is contagious yet missionary minister to these people.
I do not have all the answers, but often our hearts are moved by dying, potential lost, and potential need. Then I remember many of coronavirus victims are asleep probably when they pass away. They do not feel the pain of death that those being awake might suffer as their body shuts down. The ending of suffering, prayer needs to be before the hospital, needs to be before if possible before the contraction of such a deadly disease. What the point, our sins can be forgiven no matter our worthiness to be forgiven. God does not ask us to come to him whole, he requires us to come with repentance of heart, the desire for change, the sorrow for sin, the hope of forgiveness.
The second anointing of Christ feet was done for his burial, The Priest and the scribes were trying to figure how they could take him for judgment by craftiness/with deceitful plot. With objections again about the use of ointment of alabaster(expensive perfume), Judas began his plot of betrayal, for he was corrected by Jesus concerning money that he could of made for their money bag by selling this ointment. Judas has no respect for Jesus only seen the money that could be given to the poor and put in the bag, to later steal. That very night Judas would seek out the Chief Priest on how to betray Jesus.
God was establishing symbols of faith of memorial of woman who prepared Christ body for ministry and burial. One as a sign of forgiveness and the other for preparation of Jesus' burial, of preparing him to go to the cross to die for our sin. Through cross our sins would be washed away and forgiven as Christ cried and said Father forgive them for they know not what they do. His suffering proclaiming our sin was causing his pain and torment.
What then can we say about the woman anointing of Christ feet, it was symbol of forgiveness and salvation and act of serving Christ through simple act of washing of the feet a tradition done by servants usually or a person in lower degree in the house. No one had offered to clean Jesus feet, but this woman would not stop washing his feet. She was willing to serve Christ in the least nobel way and yet she was a sinner saved by God's grace and a woman known to the priesthood of her sin. Yet Jesus said your sins are forgiven. It was protest against the priesthood of their unwillness to serve even God for they did not take the matter of who Jesus was to prayer, they only sought his life because of his correction. They care nothing about seeing this woman come to the Lord, only how to destroy her.
The point being many have served Christ because their sins are forgiven from the least to the greatest have told their story of how Christ has forgiven them. Some need retelling and to be retold. Others are told more then once, for the saving of lost souls. If people understand that everyone must come to the cross with their own baggage of sin, that no one exempt, then we can understand what Christ did on the cross by burying our sin and resurrecting us to a new life with him on this earth and through eternity when we ask Christ to forgive us.
No one is exempt and the price paid was out of the greatest love of all by God, who allowed his Son to be sacrificed on the cross. Christ paid a price none of us could pay on our own. Everyone is born into sinful world and tainted with road dirt of life. No one exempt of this road dirt or the mud puddles in life, but Christ is able to cleanse us all, Tide, Cheer, Trend, Purex, Armor Hammer, Whisk, and more can not take it out. Ivory, Dial, Irish Spring, Zest, and more can not cleanse the shell of our flesh the way Christ can make us whole from inside the heart. Let us cleanse not just our bodies and our clothing but the inward heart by allowing Christ to enter taking away the filth of sin within our hearts. Christ can and will cleanse us all the way through, if we will believe and repent of our sins.
Dear Heavenly Father, may your word, through Christ entering our hearts be the cleansing of our soul, to the point there no room for the filth of sin to enter into our hearts or minds. Put a protection around your people so the world knows that they need Jesus during this crisis, through life and even death at times. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Mark 14:1-11 KJV