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. As the sinner woman came and knelt at Jesus feet she began to wash his feet with her tears, and dry his feet with her hair and pour anointment on his feet. She knew she was unworthy, and she came and knelt at the feet of Jesus. Had she seen the dust on Jesus feet or known at the moment no one had offered to clean his feet that prompted her action. Was she carrying anointment for some reason we do not know or are aware. Yet when she seen him there dust on those naked feet she came bowed down and did the most humbless task possible in Jewish tradition of cleanness. She bowed in servanthood to Jesus. The Pharisees Simon was angry at the situation for it was that sinner woman that touch Jesus feet. Now remember the Pharisees knew how the tradition and cleanseness rituals before eating a meal or with entertaining guest and he did none of these for Jesus. His sins of not obeying the religious law was clear. Yet this sinner woman obey the law but was still unclean herself.
Two sinners who Jesus forgave both, one pardoned and not looked down on for obeying tradition and the other who was unworthy perhaps by the world, but worthy to come to the feet of Christ because he had the power to forgive sin. Sometimes the church looks at the sinner that reaches the altar without regards to realizing this person needs Jesus just as much as they do to forgive. It is the attitude of being outcasted. It sad really when Christians forget they too had to bow at the feet of Jesus and confess sin. Our sins can not be forgiven without the anointing of Christ feet, without the willing to serve Christ. We repent go our own way and never following after the redeemer that is the sad fait of society to fail to see the need to follow in service to their redeemer and Lord. It not just bowing and asking for forgiveness and believing there needs to be an act of following. This woman followed tradtion the Pharisee failed, but he was used as example of those that stood around judging the event of the woman serving Christ.
Serving Christ is the hardest thing in the world when the world hates you. When the world cares nothing about your faith, or your desire to serve Jesus. Many ministers find themselves alone on the road of the cross, yet not one would walk any other way. Every person must make the choice whether alone or with a crowd of believers how they will walk. The Pharisee was not walking as a believer, but as a sinner before the people he invited to his house, but the woman walked as saint going the extra mile to make sure Jesus was cared for.
Where are you this morning in your thanksgiving to Jesus, for forgiveness of your sin, and in your action of following Jesus. Are you following him or the way of the world this morning. Can you forgive the injustice done to you or do you seek revenge. At the last Supper Jesus washed the feet of his disciples demonstrating his servanthood of dying on the cross for our sins. If we continue in the foot steps of Jesus we may suffer for because others do not agree with Jesus. We to might have to bear the suffering of persecution for our faith.
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us our sins as we forgive others their sins against us, help us to remember to serve as you served us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Countdown to Thanksgiving: Day 20: Thank you for forgiving me of my sins.
Continual Scripture Study:John 13:13-17 KJV
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.