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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

Alabaster Jar

A woman in that town who lives a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

Luke 7:37-38

An alabaster jar of perfume.

What is so special about this jar?

In Jesus’ days, alabaster was a locally sourced pale precious stone sort of like marble, and was loved for its simple elegance and understated beauty. It was used to complete the furnishing of Solomon's Temple and was often fashioned into jars or boxes to hold expensive perfumes and anointing oils.

This particular jar, however, contains a very rare and costly perfume. It was said to have ‘cost a year’s wages’, and some believe it to have possibly even been a form of dowry.

But even though beautiful, the jar was not what made it special, nor the price of the perfume it contained.

It was the woman.

It was the way in which she approached him- in a state of humility and meekness; we do not know exactly why the woman was weeping or what compelled her to such a state of repentance, other than that perhaps she must have known the destiny that Jesus would meet and the prophecy he must fulfill by dying on the Cross.

It seems like a strange and random act of service, but it is truly an active and intimate act of worship and surrender.

The woman was a sinner, and she knew that she had sinned- that is why she came.

But she also knew the reason that Jesus had come- to die the death of a criminal for the very sins that she herself had committed.

And in response to that, she came to anoint his body and surrender herself to him. By pouring her tears and perfume upon his feet, she was giving everything she had to him; for the perfume was valuable and her tears were caused by pain.

I wonder how brave we would all be if we followed this woman's example and humbled ourselves by pouring out our hopes, dreams, desires, hearts and our very lives as an offering at Jesus’ feet.

We may not believe that we have much to offer, we may not even think the scent of our offering is pleasing to God. We may have convinced ourselves a long time ago that we have nothing valuable to offer him, but God desires a broken spirit and a contrite heart that longs to be reunited with him (Psalm 51:17).

So, what will you do with your alabaster jar?

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