‘When a sinful woman in that town found out that Jesus was there, she bought an expensive bottle of perfume.’ Luke 7:37 CEV
The Bible says, ‘A woman who had lived a sinful life… brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping… poured perfume on them.’ (Luke 7:37–38 NIV) This perfume was spikenard, from the Himalayas. Even today 5 ml of the best organic brand will cost you close to $100. And she poured 500 ml over Jesus! The jar itself, made of translucent gemstones, was probably a family heirloom. It might even have been her dowry. Plain and simple, this was her most precious possession.
How ironic that the perfume used in her profession as a prostitute would become the token of her profession of faith when she poured out every drop at the feet of Jesus. Breaking that bottle was her way of breaking with the past. No more masking the stench of sin with the sweet scent of perfume. No more secrets. No more shame. She walked out of the dark shadow of sin into the light of the world. There comes a moment when you have to come clean with God. A moment when you need to unveil your secrets, struggles and sins. A moment when you need to fall full weight on the grace of God. Why do we act as though our sin disqualifies us from the grace of God? That is the only thing that qualifies us! Anything else is a self-righteous attempt to earn God’s grace. You cannot trust God’s grace 99 per cent. It’s all or nothing. When we try to save ourselves, we forfeit the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ alone, by grace through faith (see Ephesians 2:8–9).
SoulFood: Jn 14:6–11, Acts 4:8–12, Acts 16:22–34, John 3:13–21
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018