A woman, who was a sinner, came to where Jesus was having dinner carrying an alabaster box of precious ointment. She sat at Jesus’ feet and began to wash them with her tears, wipe them with her hair, kiss them, and anoint them with the ointment.
This is an endearing story of love and forgiveness. I admit that I’m not an expert on the subject of love, but being once-upon-a-time a “perfect” sinner, I, too, like the woman with the alabaster box, have found perfect forgiveness. And that is what I can tell you about: that love for Jesus that is a fruit of His complete forgiveness of us.
- Until we acknowledge and accept that we are all sinners and that our sins will propel us into hell, and until we humble ourselves before God and believe that we all need a savior, we can never understand the love and adoration showed by the woman with the alabaster box, and WE CAN NEVER FEEL THAT LOVE AND ADORATION IN OUR HEARTS FOR THE LORD JESUS.
The woman’s love and devotion to the Lord emanated from a heart steeped with repentance, a great need for forgiveness and liberation from sin, and thanksgiving, that at last, she has found her Savior. Some say she was Mary Magdalene, an adulterous woman. Whoever she was, she probably lived a dark, lost life. A life that had no sense, no direction, no meaning, no hope… until Jesus. She believed that the Lord Jesus could save her from destruction, so she sought Him with all her heart and soul. And she found great mercy.
…Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much… (Luke4:47)
… But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. (Rom. 5:20)
I was once like this woman: sinful and lost. On the outside, I was a successful business and careerwoman, a strong leader to my employees, but inside, I was living a dark, troubled life. To a world that leans on wickedness, my life was “in the mainstream”. But a sinful life would catch up on you, sooner or later. If you sow seeds of sin, you’ll end up reaping their dark, evil fruits which are fear, disease, and even death.
- After days of darkness trembling in great fear and hopelessness, somebody shows us that THERE IS HOPE and Jesus’ light shines upon us like a lifeline, and we breathe pure life again! The great mercy and amazing grace of God through Jesus Christ wipe out all our life’s darkness and fears and banishes sin for good. To have a blessed, meaningful, and holy life can’t get any easier than this!
There is no fear in love; BUT PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT FEAR: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18, emphasis added)
- To love and adore the Lord Jesus with all our hearts is the least we can do in return for the new life He has given us. To have joy in our hearts again, to dream of a bright tomorrow, and to be a vessel of His inspiration and kindness, are all the fruits we reap, and much more. And all He wants from us is – TO LOVE MUCH.
We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
To those who have received His grace, we cannot sit and literally wash His feet with our tears, but we can fall on our knees in His holy presence, offer songs of praise and adoration, and let the tears of joy and thanksgiving flow freely. Let us live our lives like alabaster boxes of precious ointment that when opened, we are “an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God” (Phil. 4:18).