Who is this woman appearing suddenly out of nowhere? What gives her the right to barge in on us? Doesn’t she know that we are in an important meeting with the Rabbi? No wonder why they call her a ghastly sinful beast! She should be a shame of herself, so undignified. I’m nauseated. If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him. For she is a notorious sinner! (Luke 7:39 paraphrase)
Does this sound familiar to you? How often have we quickly judged people not knowing anything about them? At first glance, many times we think we know a person’s entire life story. When we see a person dressed in skimpy clothing, dirty, or overweight what’s our first thought? Many are judged by their eating habits, the type of car they drive or job status. Better yet, if we here a bit of gossip or information we run with it and believe what was spoken. Why is that?
This notoriously sinful woman poured onto Jesus feet an alabaster box full of expensive ointment that was for healing. She was willing to pay such a price, maybe even give all that she owned to be forgiven, healed and set free by the Master. (Luke 7:38) It’s as if she gave healing ointment in expecting in return to be healed if in the hands of the anointed One? Just as when we are in need of anything, to receive that very thing we must first give it away. Is that not how the Kingdom of God works?
“Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
Even in the world system, most individuals feel compelled to give back once they have received. I believe it’s in our nature to do so. The women with the alabaster box must have had such deep wounds that needed healing which caused her to pour out such a priceless commodity. More so, anyone who is considered a notorious sinner by other citizens must have done a seriously wicked crime. I’m sure with such a label plastered on her it must have caused this woman to put up a great wall of defense in order to protect herself from the darting arrows that would have pierce her heart.
I bet if we peel back the label and look beneath the surface we would see a scared child starving for attention. Longing for someone to love, care and comfort her, to heal her gaping wounds. Like this woman, there are many of us who have such deep emotional scares that have been stuffed down and buried. Some may mask them with over achievements. Having to strive to be the very best, caring on with a facade of looking good on the outside, but self destructing inwardly.
Many of these individuals go through life appearing to be very successful and “normal,” yet broken on the inside. They wonder how they could have so much and feel so empty, surrounded by many, but feeling so lonely. They isolate themselves in their minds having not dealt with their emotional wounds.
Jesus came to set us FREE! “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.” (v. John 8:36)
Cry out to God like David did in the bible. He will answer. David knew the value in going to the Lord with his petition.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence my help comes from. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
Don’t allow the devil to deceive you into thinking it’s too late. That you’re all washed up and worth nothing. Or even worst, once people find out about what you’ve done your life will be over. The devil wants to isolate you so he can work you over and fill your mind with guilt, stress, fear and condemnation, to ultimately KILL YOU!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
But the devil knows that once you speak the truth of God’s word, and go to Jesus with your hurts and seek to get help, it will open a flood gate of healing for your life. Then once you’re healed God will use your testimony for his greater works to set others free from torment.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
I can speak from experience. I grew up in bondage, being the last child of seven and a girl in the mist of five brothers. I was abused and constantly molested by my father in his drunken state. My older sister suffered the same abuse. She could not bear the pain and turned to drugs: heroin, marijuana, and alcohol. She became a prostitute just as many scholars believe the woman with the alabaster box was. There was so much confusion in her mind that during a drug transaction she decided to cheat the drug dealer. This caused my brother who was with her to be beaten into a comma, then he eventually die. She was once again rattled with so much guilt she over dosed on drugs and took her own life. I miss my sister.
Although I chose not to prostitute I carried tremendous guilt and shame. Not only did our father molest me but he also in addition sex trafficked me to other men. I became bulimic and anorexic due to the pain and abuse as I felt I had no control over the circumstance. This eating disorder nearly killed me. Because I suffered such deep soul wounds, I didn’t know how to handle life issues when confronted with stress. This sickness followed me into my adulthood. Until one day I was introduced to Jesus while watching an evangelistic television show. Jesus healed me instantly! Then he had room to work in me and out of me all the scars of my past. He replaced those scars with love, joy and peace. I know I had been forgiven for trying to kill myself. I could finally look in the mirror and love myself. He taught me by the Holy Spirit, to go to Him in prayer on a daily basis. He taught me to focus on the word of God and not on the problems of life. It is only in Jesus Christ that I have found true freedom. I realized that however we get to those broken places in our lives, Jesus is there to heal us. He came,
“to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3)
The woman with the alabaster box knew that without the healing power of Jesus she had no hope. He would be the only one who could remove the reproach, stigma and pain from her life. He doesn’t just come to cover our wounds, he makes us brand new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17)
We never know what a person is going through in life so we should never judge. God may be revealing to you a person’s issue so that he can use you to help change their lives for the better. Let us all share the love of Christ to one another just as the Father extended his love to the world.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16