Saturday, June 2, 2012

'The Memorable Woman"

Read:  Luke 7:36-50, Mark 14:3-9; Matthew 26:6-13; John 11:2

Subtitle:  Acceptable in His Sight

And he (Jesus) turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman?  (Acts 7:44a)

A woman broke out of her comfort zone, took all that she had, and poured it upon Jesus.  Imagine the pointed eyes and whispered words as she made her way to Jesus.  She had not received an invitation to the party. In a sense, this woman bogarted her way in.  Imagine her chagrin as she saw the stares of contempt on the faces of those within the church (the disciples), and even those without the camp, (Simon, the leper).  She kept on moving through the house, even though uninvited, until she reached Jesus.  I bet you the animosity in the atmosphere was so thick you could have cut it with a knife.

But, this woman kept on going until she got to her Savior.  She fell.  Yes, she fell before him.  She got down low before his dirty feet. This woman bowed and kissed his feet.  She poured precious oil upon them.  Then she took her glory and wiped Jesus feet.  Some say that it was Mary of Bethany, who laid her glory (her hair) at the feet of Jesus.  You know a woman's hair is her glory, don't you? I imagine that this woman knew how to exchange her glory for the Glory of the LORD.  Perhaps, she shows us here, how to release ourselves  – our minds – to take on the Mind of Christ.  She went beyond the norm.

She poured all of herself on the One who gave Himself for her.  This woman knew how to worship, even when those around her thought she was displaying inappropriate actions.  She knew how to walk through disdain, criticism, and arrogance to get to the lover of her soul.  She knew that it was more important to get into the presence of the LORD, than to be acceptable to man.

Jesus looks at her.  She had a face to face confrontation with LOVE.  Because she dared to show up with her best, Jesus used her as a demonstration.

Jesus saw her, and then he told Simon to look at her.  To give God the glory, usually means that He will glorify himself through you.  In worship God sees you.  When worship is acceptable to the LORD, he makes others pay attention, too?