She was desperate. She needed change and she needed it NOW. This type of pursuit was even more risque than Beyonce’s 2003 “Dangerously In Love” track. But there was no stopping her. She needed to see Him.
“When she found out that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume…” – Luke 7:37
She had gone through life for far too long without direction and purpose. Enough was enough. She had to take the risk. Her very life would be placed in jeopardy, but what did she have to lose? Yes, her reputation spoke volumes. Everyone knew her life story and considered her a lost cause.
Now when [Simon] the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this, he said to himself, “If this Man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him, that she is a [notorious] sinner [an outcast, devoted to sin].” – Luke 7:39
But the word on the street was on point – Jesus was everything she heard and more. She was in the right place. She was in the presence of the true and living God. As she washed His feet, she poured out her heart and soul without saying one word. He knew her. He wasn’t going to turn her away. He wasn’t going to embarrass her or dredge up her indiscretions. She wanted to change and He was the one who could change her. She poured out her love – despite the “stones” being thrown at her as she wept, despite the danger of showing up uninvited to a dignitary’s home.
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith [in Me] has saved you; go in peace [free from the distress experienced because of sin].” – Luke 7:50
In danger, she came. In freedom, she departed…
May our hearts be devoted to a loving God who is faithful to see past our flaws as we acknowledge, confess, and pour out our lives in sincere worship. May we keep our eyes focused on who God is – despite distractions and Satan’s attempt to discourage us. Amen (it is so).