A long time ago, in the time this woman lived, her value as a woman was equal to a dog. Maybe a little less. Women were property and women were undervalued.
A long time ago, this particular woman, who had received an expensive gift for the service she provided, most likely from a manwho found her a little more valuable than his colleagues, brought her gift and laid it at the feet of Jesus.
A long time ago, when this woman brought her expensive gift, given to her by a man who valued her a little higher than a dog, for a service she provided to him that no parent in today's modern world would want for their daughter to provide, used this gift to anoint the King of Kings.
A long time ago, a gift received with shame and guilt, was used to anoint the King of Kings for his burial.
A long time ago, this gift of fragrance, when it was opened, filled the room. Those around this woman and Jesus witnessed an interaction that left some in awe and others in disgust.
A long time ago the fragrance filled - pleroo - to make full, to complete - the room.
A long time ago an expensive gift, received in shame and guilt, was used to anoint the King of Kings, completing the room with a beautiful fragrance, filling it with a scent that reached the nose of Heaven.
A long time ago, a woman who lived a sinful life gave a gift to the King of Kings that would pave the way for us, in a time far in the future, to lay our gifts before the King of Kings; the gifts of shame and guilt and fill Heaven's throne room with the scent of a fragrance only the King of Kings can smell.
In a time that is now, your gifts can be laid down.
In a time that is now, the gifts that came from the shameful and guilt-ridden places can be given.
In a time that is now, the gifts that are given, will be opened by the King of Kings.
In a time that is now, the scent of these gifts, given by shame and guilt, will be a fragrant and pleasing aroma, reaching the throne of Heaven's grace.
In a time that is now.
The grace of Christ puts kind comments on pious words and actions, makes the best of what is amiss, and the most of what is good...The success of the gospel makes wicked men so angry, that they speak and act as if they hoped to obtain victory over the Almighty Himself. (Matthew Henry)
We all have come through different journeys. Everyone has a different journey. I do not regret one minute of my past. You know why? God gave me my past for a reason. To make me who I am today. All the pain, all the blessings, all the joys that you have been on have made you the unique person that you are today...You are a unique person.
You have a choice, right now, to say about your past; your past can either make you or break you. And it's your choice.
Your past can either be the most powerful thing that has made you the person you are or it can break you...Are we using all our experiences, good or bad, for God's kingdom?
Your past can be a crutch to lean on or it can be a rod of power. The memories f the past can become the blessings of the future. And the choice is yours.
God only asks one thing. Look where you have come from. Deal with it. Thank Him for it and leave it with Him....And be set free. (Carolyn Koons)