Lk.7:37-39 – And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.
No one is quite sure who the woman in this story is. Some say it is Mary Magdalene; if it is not her, Mary surely had a story somewhat like this one. She was possibly a prostitute; we also know that Jesus cast seven demons out of her. That’s what makes her story so amazing. Someone who was at the bottom of life in a pit of misery was promoted to the very top. Mary went from a woman of the night to the first preacher of the resurrection in the brightness of God’s new day. Just like Jesus taught, she loved much because she was forgiven much.
Like many of us, Mary had probably spent her life hiding in the shadows, hoping not to be noticed, looking for another opportunity to make some money just to get by; all she knew how to do was survive. When she heard Jesus speak she just had to hear more. Could this message of forgiveness of sins include her? Could she have a fresh beginning? This new hope rushing into her life chased out all of her fears of rejection for the moment. She would sneak into Simon the Pharisee’s house of all things. The chance of being stoned for her sins was well worth the risk, she just had to see Jesus.
In a moment of time she found herself at her Lord’s feet, washing His feet with her tears and her hair. The next words were the most shocking yet sweetest words she had ever heard; “Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace, your faith has made you whole”.
Those words changed everything. She felt the hate, lust, anger, and darkness to come out of her; she felt light and love surrounding her and filling her with a joy she had no idea existed. Mary’s life had been changed, she had to follow Jesus. Somehow she knew that what just happened wasn’t just for her. It was for everyone who would hear what she had to say. “Her sins were forgiven and your sins can be forgiven too.”