Luke 7:37-38 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with HER TEARS. Then she wiped them with HER HAIR, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
EXTRAVAGANT is defined in my Collins dictionary as: spending money excessively or immodestly; GOING BEYOND USUAL BOUNDS; UNRESTRAINED; Ostentatious or showy; EXORBITANT IN PRICE; overpriced.
Before I start, I wish to pass my well wishes to all my fellow women readers as the world celebrates the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY today. To all of you out there...YOU ARE LOVED AND PRECIOUS IN HIS EYES.
And with that note, let’s have a look at the story of a woman in Jesus’ earthly life. Its most probable that you have heard or read, or been preached to, the story of the WOMAN WITH AN ALABASTER BOX OF PERFUME. But until yesterday, I had never seen this side of the story before. So here in the UGLY TRUTH.
The woman in the story is a PROSTITUTE. That means…she earned her living by selling her body in exchange for money. Hence, it is most likely that her ALABASTER JAR OF PERFUME was bought with money from her immoral trade. But wait a minute. Why in the world would Jesus accept to be anointed by her knowing how she had obtained the jar of perfume? But here is the WHOLESOME TRUTH.
You see, the woman…knew who she was….i.e her sinful condition. Oh yes, she had been USED and ABUSED by the very men who thought she was sinful. She was spent…she had given her all and yet she hadn’t found what she had been looking for…that is LOVE. She was rich…she could afford a jar of expensive perfume and yet with all her riches…she was still POOR. So when she learned Jesus was visiting at Simon, the Pharisee’s house, she went there and took along her most valuable possession…the alabaster jar of perfume. But was it her most valuable possession? NO.
The Lord showed me this. HER TEARS and HER HAIR were her MOST VALUABLE possessions. Why, because unlike the visible and quotable value of her alabaster jar of perfume...TEARS have value… EXTRAVAGANT YET PRICELESS VALUE. Psalms 56:8 The HAIR in a woman’s life has value…the Word calls it her glory…and GLORY is of IMMEASURABLE VALUE. 1 Corinthians 11:15 Yes, Jesus knew and understood that what she given him was of more value;
In exchange for water…she had washed him with HER TEARS
In exchange for a towel…she has used HER HAIR
In exchange for a kiss…she had given him KISSES on his feet
In exchange for anointing oil…she had poured PERFUME on his feet.
And with her act of extravagance….she received EXTRAVAGANT GRACE in return for HER MANY SINS.
Are you in need of EXTRAVAGANT GRACE? When is the last time you gave God something of value…EXTRAVAGANT YET PRICELESS VALUE? Today, He might be passing by your town!!!