She was not a reputable woman. Her story is found in Matthew 26:6
Very few people would associate with her because of her past. She was popular with a select group of men, but not for any wholesome reason.
There was one man, however, who had paid attention to her, not in the way most men did, though. He seemed to be more interested in HER than in what she could PROVIDE him. He taught her, and many others at the same time, about true love. She had been a part of the crowd when she heard him. She tried to be invisible, but he seemed to be talking straight to her.
She felt like somebody really cared about her, like somebody loved her and wanted the best for her. Nobody had shown this kind of care before and it stunned her. She was told God loved her like a loving father; that was new. She had always been ashamed to even think of God but this man told her that God cared for her even after the life she had led.
She wanted to do something for him, something that would show him just what he had done for her; what he had meant to her.
She went to the house of a man named Simon the Leper where Jesus was eating and poured a jar of expensive perfume on his feet.
Jesus had made quite an impression on her.
The perfume she poured on him wasn’t just some bubble gum scented drugstore stuff little girls wore. This stuff was expensive, so expensive it was stored in alabaster jars (alabaster in Jesus’ day was marble). It cost over a year’s wages and was probably an investment she had made for when she could no longer ply her trade. Her looks wouldn’t last forever and this was her security.
She gave something very precious because something very precious had been given to her. Respect, forgiveness, another chance, a feeling of worth, relief from guilt, and the promise of an eternal family; all these made her so grateful she was willing to give something of great worth and importance to Jesus in return.
This is the beginning of the Thanksgiving season. I know, all the Christmas stuff is coming out at the stores, there are even people starting to decorate for Christmas. That’s fine. Cathe and I will start soon too but Thanksgiving is important. We need to be grateful to God for all He has done for us. We need to show God our gratitude by giving part of what we earn to His Body. We give because we love God and we give because we want His Church to be strong and effective ministering to the community.
What has Jesus given you?
What have you poured out of your alabaster jar for him?
Rob Morton is minister of First Christian Church Middlesboro. Contact him at [email protected]