Pot of Oil.
We want to focus on the woman who anointed the feet of Jesus. All four gospels tell of this woman. Matthew 26:6, Mark 14:3, John 12:3-8, Luke 7:36-50. Some also mention anointing the head also of Jesus.
They also mention that this “pot of oil” was a oil by the name of “Nard” or Spikenard. This particular oil was used for many medicinal things, along with it’s distinctive aroma. It is said that this particular spice has a musk odor and when mixed with other spices, for example cinnamon, it would make it smell even better. The oil also produced a calming effect upon the person wearing it. John 12:3 says, “Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His felt with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. “
In Luke’s gospel he tells about a woman who came to the house of a Pharisee. It could be that she was a servant, we really do not know why she was at this house when Jesus was invited to dinner. Stop and think about that…. When all the city was stirred up with this person who made many claims about who He was and what He was doing, this particular woman was said to be present and she was carrying a flask of precious, costly oil. I find that very interesting that she had in her possession something that was worth a lot of money. How did she acquire this oil? How did she get inside the house? What was her story? In Luke’s gospel it said she had been a sinful woman. Seemed that she was known about town.
Here was a woman who had a past and now Jesus will give her a future. Here it is said she was standing behind Him and then she made a very bold move towards Him and began to kneel down and wash His feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. To even let down her hair in those days in the midst of men and others just was not done, she was desperate to touch the one who somehow she knew would change her life forever and she would not let anything stop her from what she had determined to do. To me the fact that she was in the house, she was ready, she had prepared herself to even bring a flask of precious oil that was worth a lot of money in those days, she knew what she needed to do…so ,
- She was prepared. She knew what she had to do.
- She stepped out in boldness (though surely she was shaking with fear)
- She knelt in deep reverence and humility
- She began to weep because her heart was breaking. She saw in Him, one who could heal her broken heart and give her HOPE.
- She wept so many tears that she had to dry His feet with the one thing she had, her long hair. Hair has always been a symbol of strength and honor. She gave to Him her strength and used that to dry His feet.
- The feet of Jesus is a symbol of the last day church, known as the “foot company” which will usher in the end times before the coming of Jesus. The fact that in this day their is great weeping and intercession for the kingdom of God to be established in the hearts of mankind.
- One of the hardest working members of our bodies, is the feet. Think about it, wherever you go, your feet have to get there before you. They know about the rough roads you have traveled on and they sure know to let you know when they hurt.
- The “feet” must be anointed to go forth in this hour to accomplish all that God has intended for this “feet company”.
- Just think the cleansing of the feet, is a preparation for the day we live in. The time of being prepared for His coming.
- There was great forgiveness given to this woman who was not only affirmed by the Lord, but praised for her service to him.
- Again, she was not afraid to step out in a new way to not only show her love to Jesus, but to all of those who were in the “house”. Who were well taught in the ways of the law and their religion.
One of the lessons, that this woman’s sacrifice teaches us, is “be prepared” to be ready to minister to the LORD. “Be not afraid to step out in a new way”, to show the LORD and all others that you are willing to serve him at any cost. When we do, then the LORD will affirm your sacrifice in some wonderful ways, and HE will honor you.
HE is worthy of all of our sacrifices towards HIM and to HIS body, the living church. Let this woman’s story be an encouragement to you.