One day a Pharisee asked Jesus to eat with him. Jesus never turned down an invitation to dinner, but he knew it was going to be an awkward dinner.
“A woman in the city who was a sinner, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil”( Luke 7:38).
She was beautiful and so good at her trade, she had become wealthy. She didn’t worship men but some men worshipped her. She knew there would be haters, but she came from her house determined to give devotion and honor to Jesus. She pushed through the negative atmosphere and poured out her precious ointment upon His feet. She was used to receiving expensive gifts from men but now she was bringing all she had, to one very special man. A man who didn’t want to purchase her body for an hour but wanted to redeem her soul forever.
While she is stroking Jesus feet with her hair, the Pharisee was disgusted. Jesus broke into his thoughts by asking Simon “Who would love more: someone who is forgiven a lot or someone who is forgiven a little?” Simon gets the answer right but not the point. He had not been a good host toward his guest. The custom of the day demanded that guest’s feet be washed, that they are given a welcome kiss and some oil be provided to refresh their heads.
Neither Simon nor the woman treats Jesus as an ordinary person. What Jesus should have received from Simon, he received from the women: extravagant devotion. She decided that people’s lack of honor for Jesus or their perception of her, wouldn’t keep her back from worship. She wasn’t there for the others or for herself: she was there for Jesus. She didn’t know a lot: she knew more about bedrooms than the Bible. But it’s not a correct doctrine that touches Jesus but a correct heart.
She models for us, how to have an encounter with Jesus: she took responsibility to be the hostess. She located Him in the room, stands at His feet and shows him constant attention. She welcomed Him and poured on Him the fragrance and kisses of devotion. She honored him by bringing a premeditated gift from her house. Not a spontaneous gift, or a gift she was asked to consider giving and not just what she had in her pocket in the meeting. She determined ahead of time, to bring her best.
Friends, loving makes you giving. Do we want an encounter with Jesus? Yes! But why? She wanted an encounter with Jesus not to receive something from Him but so she could give something to Him. Jesus is very sociable; He’ll come into your heart if you ask Him and into your house if you invite Him. But now He’s come, let’s host Him well.