But she had disappointed her parents, she had lived a life of reckless abandon because she had lost hope, she had lost her dignity; and she had not found love but only heartache. Her tears welled up and dropped from her cheeks on to Jesus feet. Instinctively she fell to her knees trying to wipe away those tears. She was not even worthy to touch him and yet her heart made her continue because her heart would burst if she could not offer Him the only sacrifice she had left. The flood of sweet perfume filled the room as she washed his feet and kissed them in total abandonment of self worth. She had given Him her last ounce of the most precious thing in her life in hopes of redemption.
Then Jesus stood and took her by the hands. He looked deep into her eyes, deeper even into her soul. And though he had seen her for who she was, she felt safe in his arms and relieved that He would accept her gift even though she had broken all the rules to enter a strangers home filled with men and to worship him in a way that no one had ever done. Then he said the most precious words she had heard in all her life. “Woman your sins are forgiven!”
Oh what joy filled her heart! He had understood! Now the tears flowed from joy that she could not explain or contain. The burden lifted, the curse removed, she was redeemed by his love and set free by His words. Her life would never be the same again. Her worship would now be to do the will of the Father because Jesus had set her free, and she was free indeed. She turned and left his presence with the crowd of men still wondering what had happened. She knew though! She was free to go and sin no more.
What a scene of mercy and love and grace. Each night the Jesus film is shown in nearly 28 countries of Africa this story impacts the lives of thousands. People see the grace of the master who clearly is looking for those willing to break the rules. Those who have been bound in sin, but are now set free to live in grace because they pushed past their cultural norms, they entered into a school room or left their homes and stood in an open field to watch the Jesus Film against the will of their families, or their religious leaders.