Kissing the Feet of Jesus —
Tuesday evening, I led a Bible Discussion based on John 12, where Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, anoints Jesus during dinner at their home in Bethany, with an expensive oil. Mary anoints Jesus about a week before he is crucified. Earlier in the ministry of Jesus, there is another anointment. This earlier incident happens in Capernaum while Jesus is an invited guest at the home of Simon, the Pharisee.
An unnamed woman, who is described as a sinner, enters the home of Simon and literally bathes Jesus with her tears, bends down and kisses the feet of Jesus and dries her tears with her hair. Jesus is seated at the dinner table. The woman stands behind the Lord and washes his feet. Simon, the host is indignant that Jesus does not protest the actions of the woman. Listen to the encounter and how Jesus transforms the experience in a positive way. (Note: I plan to preach about this passage of scripture this Sunday)
Luke 7: 44 Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” 48 Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Questions for Reflection:
- Is this the same woman who anoints Jesus in Bethany?
- What city does this incident of anointment take place?
- Why do you think Jesus does not stop the woman from anointing and kissing his feet?
- What are the lessons we can learn from the woman and the reaction of Jesus?
Prayer: Lord, make me unashamed to approach you. Lord, free me to apologize for my sins. Lord, make me uninhibited in expressing my praise and thanksgiving to you. Lord, come into my life today. You are my Lord and my Savior. In Jesus name. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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