Jesus wants us to sit humbly at his feet. Think about Mary and Martha. Martha was busy doing the jobs that made her an excellent host. Mary just sat humbly at his feet and learned. There is nothing wrong with working hard, but Jesus wants us to come and sit humbly at his feet. The woman we see today was a lady with a bad reputation, but she went to Jesus’ feet and cleaned them with her tears and anointed his head with oil.
Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
At Our Lowest Point
What a unique act of love. This woman fell at Jesus’ feet and washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. She then anointed them with Alabaster oil. We get a picture of the humility of this woman as she approached Jesus. The feet in the Jewish culture were the least regarded part of the body. They were often dirty with dust and animal droppings. Only the lowest of servants cleaned the feet. This woman came and washed his feet with her tears because she knew she was a sinner and not worthy of the love of Christ.
We can learn a great lesson from this lady’s humility. We too are sinners not worthy of the love of Christ. Yet while we are sinners, Christ died for our sins to redeem us and reconcile us to His Father. We need to come to Christ with the same approach as this lady. We need to come humbly and grateful for what He has done for us. We need to model what this lady has done and take up the lowly servant position and serve. We don’t do this to receive forgiveness but in response to the fact that Christ DID forgive us.