A woman ... stood at his feet behind him weeping; and she began to wash his feet with
The gospel of Luke here reports a moving incident. A woman who was known throughout the town as a sinner could not conceal her past. Everyone knew about her and she was treated accordingly. Then she heard that Jesus was in the house of a certain Simon, a strict, pious Pharisee. What a stir it must have caused among the visitors when the door suddenly opened and this woman walked in! An outcast of society entering the house of a respected Pharisee!
What courage she showed!
The Lord Jesus was reclining at the table, as was the custom of the time. The woman approached Him from behind. She was weeping and must have been doing so for some time, for she washed the Lord’s feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. She then kissed them and anointed them from an alabaster flask of oil that she had brought with her.
Why those tears and such action? Were they not a sign of true repentance and a heartfelt longing for the forgiveness of her guilt? The Lord Jesus’ reaction leaves no doubt about that.
He took advantage of the situation to teach Simon an unforgettable lesson. Jesus told the
Pharisee a parable that He concluded with the words, “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.” Then He sent her away with the words, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Sorrowing over one’s guilt, confessing it to Jesus Christ in prayer, believing in Him, the
Saviour and thus obtaining peace with God - that may demand courage, but you will never regret it.