What He Saw

13 Apr

She “…stood at his feet behind him weeping..” (Luke 7:37)

The presence of others in the room wasn’t going to keep her from what she came intending to do.

As those gathered around the table focused on the meal before them, she “began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.” (v.37)

Suddenly, the eyes of Simon and his dinner guests were on this woman as she placed the strong-smelling ointment upon the dusty feet of Jesus.

I can imagine that the cheerful chatter faded quickly, the room now quiet enough to hear a pin drop.

But it wouldn’t be silent for long.

“To what purpose is this waste?” questioned Christ’s dearest friends. (Matthew 26:8)

And while Simon, who was more than likely bothered by such an occurrence  interrupting the meal he had invited Christ to share with him, kept his comments to himself, we can clearly see how he was feeling,

“Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39)

I wonder what she was thinking as she heard the opinions of the angry onlookers? I wonder if she questioned herself for a moment? If she thought “What will Jesus think?”

If she did, she didn’t have to wonder long.

As the dinner crowd waited for the Lord’s reaction to the woman’s crazy offering, I don’t think they expected what they were about to hear,

“…He said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.” (Matthew 26:10)

“And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee..There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” (Luke 7:40-47)

If the already silent room could’ve gotten any quieter, I’m sure it would have by this point.

Jesus saw something that the others didn’t see.

Where the disciples saw waste, He saw worship.

Jesus knew what a costly offering she gave. In fact, His heart was moved by the magnitude of her gift. He knew that she had “done what she could” (Mark 14:8) or rather, ALL she could. She offered her best, an “ointment of spikenard very precious.” (Mark 14:3)

He saw her heart and knew that she fully understood the severity of her circumstance. He saw her sinful past and the fact that the debt she owed was greater  than she would ever be able to afford. Even if she had sold her alabaster box for the benefit of herself and the poor as the disciples suggested, the “more than three hundred pence” (Mark 14:5) received wouldn’t even scratch the surface. No amount of money could pay the sin debt she had occurred.

While others saw waste, Jesus saw a woman who was willing to worship regardless of her surrounding and regardless of what it may cost her.

Where Simon saw a sinner, Jesus saw a soul in need of something only He could give her.

Simon was certain that Jesus would never have allowed this woman to touch Him had He known who she really was, but that’s just it, He did know! As He watched her wipe his feet with her hair, He knew the very number of hairs upon her head! He chose to look past the woman she was to the woman she desired to be. He chose to see her as a father would see his daughter, in spite of what she had done. He chose to look at her in light of His grace.

I can imagine the relief that flooded her heart when He shared what He saw!

And as He accepted her heartfelt offering, offering her His forgiveness, He also promised her that her gift would be forever remembered.

“Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.” (Matthew 26:13)

While others saw waste and a woman who was far from worthy, Jesus saw worship from a woman who longed to be who He had created her to be.

Aren’t you glad that He sees differently than we do?

I was challenged by her offering. Challenged to worship by giving nothing less than my best. Challenged to spare no expense whether it be time, money, effort, talent to show my appreciation to a loving Lord who saw something of worth in me when He looked my way fourteen April’s ago.

“Did Christ pour out his soul unto death for us, and shall we think any thing too precious for him? Do we give Him the precious ointment of our best affections?”

~ Matthew Henry

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One Response to “What He Saw”

  1. ladyscott April 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I’ve been thinking lately how odd and wasteful worship must seem to the outside world, but it is worth so much to our Savior, far more than anything this world can replace it with. I’m reminded of how King David wished to drink the water from the well and his men risked their lives to get it. Instead of drinking it, he poured it out on the ground in worship! Waste, right? Wrong! I wonder how those men felt? Were they offended that King David wasted the water they risked their lives to get for him? Or were they honored and humbled along with King David for offering it back to the Lord?

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