“A woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” Luke 7:37,38
This drawing was an act of worship for me. It’s a very emotional piece; I actually had tears while drawing and one fell onto the Bible page.
The reason I chose to draw this scripture is because it deeply expresses how I feel about Jesus. He has forgiven me. He washed me clean. He loves me. I want to show my love back to him, and one of the ways I express it is through my tears. Tears of gratitude, tears of love. Jesus says “he who has been forgiven much, loves much. But he who has been forgiven little, loves little.” This is the full story; it is precious to my heart:
Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman
36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
I made a decision to let several things go this week so that I can sit at the feet of Jesus and just soak in His presence. Normally I would clean the house and get ready for Easter, but this is the first year that I haven’t been preoccupied with festivities like bunnies and eggs, or preparing treats for the special day. My kids are older now, but we still do candy and Easter egg hunts. I don’t know if I’ll ever outgrow chocolate bunnies. 😉 But while these things are not wrong, in the past I’ve spent too much time on them forgetting the reason behind the season.
I’ve spent a lot time in prayer the past couple days and listening to worship music. During some of the songs, tears spring to my eyes and I just let them flow. Why is it that I wait until Easter to think, I mean really think, about Jesus and the cross?
I thought about the story of the sisters Martha and Mary:
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42New International Version (NIV)
Martha was upset that Mary wasn’t doing anything to help get things ready for the little gathering they were having on behalf of Jesus. But Jesus tells her that Mary has chosen what is good; to be with Jesus. We can get so caught up with the festivities that we don’t focus on the important thing: spending time with Him. Time. It’s a precious commodity, but what is more precious than spending time with the lover of our soul? I’m so very thankful I’ve been able to spend these moments thinking about him, meditating on what he has done for us, interacting with and talking to him. Loving Him.
Seriously, to learn about Jesus and all that he did while on this earth, there aren’t enough books to fill this planet. “Jesus did many other things as well. If all of them were recorded, I imagine the world itself wouldn’t have enough room for the scrolls that would be written.” John 21:25