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Lessons learned from the woman with the alabaster box.

Washing Jesus' FeetIf you could imagine with me for a minute what it must have been like when Jesus entered a room.

Try to picture the woman who had the alabaster box.  This was something that was precious to her.  This box was the most valuable thing that she had and she gave it all away.  The passage of scripture that I am referring to is in Luke Chapter 7 verses 36 – 50

[36] And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
[37] And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
[38] And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
[39] Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
[40] And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
[41] There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
[42] And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
[43] Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
[44] And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
[45] Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
[46] My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
[47] Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
[48] And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
[49] And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
[50] And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
 As you are reading this entry I am using my own words to describe this awesome event.  She had the right idea.

We can learn so much from her and what she was doing and why she was doing it.  She recognized who Jesus was to her, and that there were no limits on what she was willing to give to Jesus.  Why am I referencing this passage of scripture as it relates to repentance?  The reason is; she knew that Jesus was the Savior; she also recognized that she had a past that needed to be forgiven by the Lamb of God.  This woman was considered a heathen by the religious, but she didn’t care.  She gave what she had; she offered herself to the Lord as an act of worship. 

The Lord gave honor to this woman, and spoke freedom into her life when he said, “thy sins are forgiven”. He also told her, “thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”  She came in bound with a past that needed to be forgiven and healed.  She left free, and no longer bound to the past that she was held captive to.  The Lord forgave her because of her willingness to give herself completely to the Lord.

My prayer is that who ever reads this, saint or sinner, would be encouraged to go deeper and higher, to become more intimate with Jesus.  Wouldn’t it be great to wake up one day and no longer carry the burden of life, and walk around frustrated with yourself and others around you?  The Lord offers deliverance to each of us. He is waiting for us to call upon Him.

May the Lord bless you, keep you, and draw you closer to the love of Jesus.

Bro. Jeff Breza

8 comments on “Lessons learned from the woman with the alabaster box.

  1. amy
    May 27, 2009

    beautiful!!! the woman with the alabaster box inspires me to give more and serve Him with a gracious heart, willing to give whatever i have to Him. i can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to shed tears at His feet. what a gracious and loving Lord! thank you for writing about this woman today. God bless you in the name of Jesus Christ!!!! xoxoxoxo

  2. Isabella Windchime
    January 28, 2010

    May the LORD JESUS CHRIST forgive us all our sins in the way he has done with this woman. Our world is in a sorrowful state,and it is written that if we ask, that we shall receive. Let’s all turn to GOD, and beg for his mercy, and for PEACE ON EARTH. Love one another no matter what faith they profess, respect all, and give to the poor & needy each day, in some way. If we all did this we would be able to see a great change for the better in our society. The LORD said ” when you did for the least of my brethren, you did it for me”. LET’S DO IT! LOVE, Isabella Windchime

  3. Courage Mungoni
    June 22, 2011

    A masterpiece,sentimental and appealing to our dying world.I was more touched by the response of the pharasee,typical of the clergy,religion,am glad how solemnly Christ reveals the deeper price the woman with the alabaster box paid.To this very day no one ever wiped the feet of Christ with her tears like that woman,she will be well remembered in Eternity.I challenge saints to do accordingly;pay a price to God that is eternal and immortal,ask yourself what you can do for Christ!

  4. eloise murraine
    December 11, 2012

    Thank you for for blessing me with this piece on the woman with the Alabaster box; the alabaster box of oil is symbolic of our praise and worship because which we pour out to Jesus. We cannot physically touch Jesus but if only we would reach out and touch his heart, get into his presence, then the tears would flow, we would bow and worship him as this woman did. Jesus is really no respecter of persons and the pharisees are typical of those today who honour Jesus with their lips but their hearts are so far from him for when the heart is truly connected all that matters is Jesus and we would go beyond protocol just to get into his presence…

  5. nkolie
    March 28, 2013

    i’m preparing my sermon ,afta reading this pasage i defenately sure that god see’s best in little things if we give whole heartedly

  6. nonkoliso nkolie mafenuka
    March 28, 2013

    i’m preparing my sermon ,afta reading this pasage i am defenately sure that GOD see’s best in little things we do,if we do them whole heartedly. We must’nt care what other people say about us. We must only care about pleasing our ALMIGHTY

  7. Carla
    August 25, 2013

    I walk around frustrated. I accepted jesus in my life, but my relationship with Him is not where I would like it to be. My heart search for a deeper relationship with him. This woman had the right motive.

  8. Adeabyo oladele a.
    September 22, 2013

    Its a good passage from the bible and a lesson everyone should practice. That we should learn to love

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