Lk.7:36-38 – Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, 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.
This woman of mystery was known only as a sinner. She is possibly Mary Magdalene (out of whom Jesus cast out seven Demons). She had seen the love of Jesus and the power of forgiveness in the Lord and was changed into another person. She had lived a life of sin; forgiveness and mercy were the best thing that had ever happened in her life. Here is how Barclay describes what changed this woman.
“The one thing which shuts us off from God is self-sufficiency. And the strange thing is that the better we are, the more keenly we feel our sin. Paul could speak of sinners ‘of whom I am the foremost’. Francis of Assisi could say, ‘There is nowhere a more wretched and a more miserable sinner than I.’ It is true to say that the greatest of sins is to be conscious of no sin; but a sense of need will open the door to the forgiveness of God, because God is love, and love’s greatest glory is to be needed.”
It is a sense of His purity and love that brings conviction of sin in our lives. We have often justified and deflected rather than come clean; in His presence that all changes. Instantly this woman had been changed by the Lord’s great love for her. She now had a passion and love for Christ rather than love for the passing attraction of the sins of this world. She found herself caught in this new world of worship pouring her oil, tears, and her worship on the feet of Jesus. She had learned the power of His word and loved being at His feet taking in every word that fell from His lips. She had been made brand new, her old life was gone forever.