Saying Goodbye to the Past
The pain of the past can cause us to stop living now. But with God’s help our pain can be the beginning – not the end. The BEST is yet to come.
In Mark 14:3-8 we hear of a woman (in fact she was a prostitute) who “broke an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil and poured it on Jesus’ head”. Some criticised her saying that oil could have been sold and the money given to the poor.
In Luke 7:36-39 we see that not only did the woman anoint Jesus with oil, but …. “with her tears she washed his feet and dried them with her hair”.
When the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “If this man were a prophet he would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
It is interesting to note that this is a Pharisee’s house. This is not a place where you would expect Jesus and His disciples to be. But Jesus will always show up when you invite him. Jesus will come wherever He is invited.
If you don’t feel good enough, that’s when you are good enough for Jesus to come visit you. He knows exactly who we are. We can’t limit or comprehend the love of God.
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Paul lists those who will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God. “And such were some of you”. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Never forget where we came from. It’s not ours to judge those still on the journey. Jesus goes wherever he is invited.
Romans 8:38-39 emphasises that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God, in Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:15
“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
The perfume filled the room and clung to Jesus. It offended the religious and the unrighteous, because it represented the tools of her trade. But the fragrance of our past becomes the incense of our worship to God in the future.
Religion rates people on their past performance; Jesus rates people on their future potential.
If you don’t “drop, break, or lose” something when you get saved, you didn’t really “get it”.
The woman poured out the fragrance on Jesus and then smashed the box. She smashed the past. She broke free from the chains of the past. All those things that tied her to her old life. She broke it, and it was the beginning of her “best” that was yet to come.