READ LUKE 7:36-50. . .
THERE’S NOT A lot we know about this woman.
She’s a nebulous New Testament personality.
We don’t know her identity.
She wasn’t the same Mary from Matthew, Mark or John’s accounts.
Yes, there are obvious similarities, but there are just too many differences to be the same woman.
WE DON’T KNOW:
. How she knew Jesus was a guest in Simon the Pharisee’s home.
. If she actually said anything on this occasion because Luke only records her actions.
. How long she stood behind Jesus before she knelt down and began to serve Him.
. Where or how she secured the alabaster flask of fragrant oil.
. How long she kissed, wiped, and touched Jesus’ feet.
Everything we know about her is contained in bits and pieces of the last part of the chapter.
. Her tears were indicative of great emotional upheaval and remorse. She experienced godly sorrow.
. She desperately wanted to be forgiven. Her sins haunted her.
. She knew about the identity of Jesus. Why would she come and serve Him in such a lavish fashion in the first place if He was simply another man among men?
. She humbled herself and expressed her devotion in a very concrete and tangible way.
Who was she?
We don’tt know, but her example is compelling and ought to move our hearts and lives.
- She SAW her own sins (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 1 John 1:8, 10).
- She SENSED her suffering; her tears came from a broken heart and a broken life. She lamented her past and wanted relief from her burden of guilt (2 Cor. 7:10).
- She SOUGHT the Savior. What ever her peers thought about her, that didn’t stop her from coming to the Lord.
Do you see your own sins?
Are you tired of suffering in and because of your sins?
Are you seeking the Savior?
He’s waiting for you now…
“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike