What Jesus Did! 'Extravagant Love' — Luke 7:37-38

Monday, May 4, 2015

There was a sinful woman in that town. She knew that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house. So the woman brought some perfume in an alabaster jar. She stood at Jesus' feet, crying. Then she began to wash his feet with her tears. She dried Jesus' feet with her hair. She kissed his feet many times and rubbed them with perfume.
— Luke 7:37-38 NLT
Illustration of Luke 7:37-38 NLT —  She kissed his feet many times and rubbed them with perfume.

Key Thought

This event occurs in the house of a certain Pharisee. This woman was the antithesis of the Pharisee. He was a man. She was a woman. He was scrupulously and legalistically religious in his behavior. She had been a sinner from the city. He would have been very conservative and appropriate in his demeanor. She was extravagant and bold in showing her love and appreciation for Jesus. The key message, however, is that Jesus is open to both of them and longs to show love and share God's grace. Are we? As this story unfolds, however, the woman is clearly the hero of our story because of her extravagant love. How would we respond to the presence of Jesus among us? Isn't his presence with us when we are with other believers? Hmm ... I wonder about the extravagance of our display of love when Jesus is present among us? Even more revealing, how would we respond to the presence of someone like the woman among us?

Today's Prayer

Holy and Almighty God, my Abba Father, thank you for your overwhelming display of grace in Jesus. Jesus, thank you for being the sacrifice for my sins. While I have nothing that compares in value to the gifts you have given me, please receive my heartfelt praise, thanks, appreciation, and adoration. I offer them freely with all of my heart in thanks for all that you have done to save me, to give me your Spirit, to bless me with a spiritual gift to serve your people, to work in me according to your will, and to make my character more like yours. Please remove from my heart anything that keeps me from appropriately displaying my love for you. In the name of Jesus, I offer my praise and eternal thanks. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Peter 1:8-9
  • Romans 7:24-25
  • Revelation 4:9-11


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.