The story of two realms
In the days leading up to the Lords crucifixion there was an event that transpired that has deep significance for us today. In this event there are certain groups or people that depict the condition of their hearts, and the level of understanding they have of who Jesus was to them.
The story begins as Jesus and the disciples were gathered for a meal at the home of a Jewish leader.
“Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.
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.
“And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.”
“A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
“When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”
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 wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
“You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.
“You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.
“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”
Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”
And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
The woman from what we can gather here wasn’t a guest, yet she sought the Lord, and in this she displayed a spirit that was considered scandalous by cultural norms, yet her heart was set on expressing her devotion and gratitude to the Lord. Her heart was pure, and she did not care what others may perceive or judge, she could see a different realm, one of Spirit and Truth.
Additionally we see the religious spirit boldly speaking, the Pharisee judged not only his sister, he judged his Lord, his outward or legalistic perspective quickly allowed him to speak. This judgment comes from the fallen Adamic realm, one that is cold, harsh, and caustic, a realm of darkness, and one devoid of understanding. From this the Lord speaks to Simon, using the opportunity to teach those with ears to hear a lesson.
There were customs of the day that Jesus was addressing, yet what is much deeper; the Lord is addressing a realm of understanding, one that is higher than that of the physical. What He is addressing is the heart or spirit of this woman. She like it was said of Peter is an example of “flesh and blood did not reveal this to you”, this woman with ears to hear and eyes to see understood who was present, the Lord of all creation. The Lord then spoke to help others to understand what she not only had done, but what she saw in Him.
There is the second account of this story, and in Matthew’s account we find some additional insight.
“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper,
a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table.
But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste?
“For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.”
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.
“For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.
“For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.
“Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”
~ Matthew 26: 6~13
We may wonder why this is to be brought to our memory wherever the gospel is preached. It’s quite clear this woman was walking in a spirit of submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and was displaying what the Father is seeking, those with a humility of heart, and a willingness to submit to the Lord as Savior, yet also as Lord. This is the quality of heart that the Father is seeking today and just as it was true then, it’s true today, and it will be noticed by our Lord. This responsiveness to His Lordship is vital to our growing in grace and knowledge of Christ.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
~ John 4: 21~24
What we have before us is a display of two different realms, two different spirits, one of this age, and highly religious, judgmental, and devoid of understanding, the other highly aware of the Lord and His life, and relating to Him in a spirit of meekness, submission, and sincere gratitude.
“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.”
~ Isaiah 57:15