At the Savior’s Feet
In His Presence “I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but [this woman] has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair” (
It was customary for the master of the house to provide water at the door so that those who entered could wash their dusty feet. Simon, a Pharisee, had obviously overlooked this important detail. However, the Savior used this oversight as a point to teach His disciples an important lesson about God’s forgiveness, grace, and personal worship.
A woman who was a prostitute had been waiting for the right moment to express her devotion to God. We are not told how she got into Simon’s house, only that she suddenly began to worship at the feet of the Savior, and every man in the room was aware of it. Without hesitation, she bowed before the Lord and broke the seal on a priceless bottle of perfumed oil. Obviously, she had heard Him teach at some point in the past and had repented of her sin. Nothing is so sweet to the Savior as the fragrance of our repentance.
This was her opportunity to say thank you to God for what He had done in her life. The perfumed oil she poured over His feet was very costly. Yet, Jesus did not stop her from worshiping Him or question where she had gotten the money to buy such an expensive gift. He knew her actions where motivated by pure devotion to God. He also realized that it was a steep sacrifice and something that she would remember for the rest of her life.
Though she did not know it, she was anointing the Savior for his burial. Simon, however, did not even offer a simple pan of water so Jesus could wash His feet. Instead, the Pharisee acted in a typically legalistic fashion. He questioned why Jesus would allow such a display of affection to happen, especially knowing that this woman was a sinner.
God is not ashamed to be with us. This woman fell at Christ’s feet knowing that He had forgiven her many sins. She was there to worship Him. And today is the day that you can do the same.
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When you realize the grace of God that has been given to you, you will bow down before Him.
Rather than viewing the cross as an historical event that will take us to heaven, we ought to view it as a current event containing everything we need to bring heaven to bear on earth.
In The Power of the Cross, Tony Evans carefully and pastorally applies the cross of Christ to life today. In three parts, he considers:
• What makes Christ unique; how Old Testament prophecy and typology looked ahead to Him; and how His humiliation, death and resurrection sets Him apart as Lord
• What was accomplished on the cross for us, how it is to be the centerpiece of our lives, and how it's a source of authority for us
• What is the power of the cross and the stability it provides, deliverance it offers, the power of its ongoing remembrance, and more
The cross is the hinge of history. How much more, then, is it the hinge of your life? It gained more for you than you may realize; do not make the grave error of overlooking it. As a thank you for your gift of any amount, we’ll get this brand new book, The Power of the Cross, out to you right away.
This Challenge is for You. For your gift of any amount, we want to send you The Jesus Challenge CD series. The name of Jesus is known today by billions of people, perhaps more than every other name. Yet, so few of us know anything about Him, and even fewer have given themselves to Him. A challenge exists for those of us who profess His name: to live as a people who have given ourselves—body, mind and spirit—over to the person and work of Jesus Christ.