The Woman Who Anoints Jesus Feet

One day, Jesus was invited to lunch at the house of a Pharisee- a religious leader or priest- and while there in the middle of all these religious leaders, priests and disciples, a woman who is only referred to as a “Sinful woman,” (Luke 7:37,NKJV) enters their presence holding an alabaster box in her hands.  Sobbing, she falls to her knees behind Jesus and continues cry and weep in their midst.

Undoubtedly, the these men felt uncomfortable, but as she wept her tears were so abundant, the text says, she began to “wash” Jesus’ feet.  As she bathed his feet with her tears, she dried them with her hair, then in a moment of gratitude and splendor, she took out a very valuable bottle of perfume.  She had this expensive perfume hidden inside her alabaster box.  I can imagine that the room suddenly filled with a beautiful aroma as she poured and rubbed this oil at feet of Jesus.  Overwhelming heart of gratitude, overwhelming flow of tears. She is the woman known for anointing Jesus before his death.

Why was she crying so much?  Why did she use such an expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet?Image

Later on in Luke 7:39, you will see that the Pharisee that invited Jesus to his home begins to scorn this woman: only thinking of her as an unclean, unworthy “sinner.”

You see this “sinful woman” had a recent encounter with Jesus.

I don’t know where she was, she may have been in the middle of party, drunk at a bar, leaving a prostitution curb, who knows, but at the same time Jesus was passing by.  She was expecting him to scorn her, look-down on her, cast her out of his presence or out of the church.  No!  Jesus loved her, embraced her and talked with her.  And taught her that all of her answers are found in him- Him alone. Not only had no other religious person receive her like this, no other person received her like this.  No other person on the planet loved her like Jesus did!

Even in midst of her condition, in the deepest depts of her sin and evil, in the midst of her prison cell or drug addition or a place as far as she could possibly be- Jesus met her there and he loved her!

As He said in Luke 7:42, This woman loves much, because she was forgiven much. She an encountered with Jesus and was never the same!

If you can relate to the past this woman had, know that God loves and wants to set you free.  Or if you know God, but have drawn distant from him lately, repeat this prayer.


Come into my heart.  Make me a brand new woman. 

I confess that I am a sinner and I’m in need of a savior. 

I believe when you died and rose again.  And when you died

you took all my shame. I no longer have to live in this! 

Father now use me as you choose to be a vessel of light of you.

In Jesus’ name

References: John 8:36, 1 John 1:9, Romans 10:9, Acts 16:31ever you can imagine, she did it. esus slander, spit on her like the

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take My yoke upon you and

learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

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