BY PASTOR SHURREA DANIELS
Kingdom Restoration, Inc. Faith Based Outreach Ministry
A Ministry with a Vision
“There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat” (Mathew 26:7).
In this passage of scripture a woman brings all that she has and pours it on her beloved King. This woman is said to be the sister of Martha and Lazarus or perhaps the same Mary Magdalene. Some even think that she is the one who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair. No matter who this woman is, she is a woman that understands true love.
What we fail to do as women is examine what type of love we want to express. Often times as women we feel lonely, because we have no one to share our affection with. I share this story, with the understanding that only true love matters the most. A woman can be married and still feel alone, have children and still be lonely, accept Christ feels our hearts then and only then are we able to express and experience true love. Therefore, I like to share with you some meanings of love. According to C.S. Lewis there are four types of love. First there is, Eros Love, which is known as “erotic love”. This love is based on strong feelings toward another. It usually occurs in the first stages of a man and woman that are involved in a romantic relationship. Eros love means that two people become attracted by physical and mental traits alone. Strong emotions start almost immediately, even though you’re hardly acquainted with one another. Eros love, only allows a person to see each other’s strengths; everything is emotional and purely physical. Secondly, there is Storge love a family love and thirdly, Philia Love, which is a love based on friendship between two people, which is sometimes referred to as brotherly or sisterly love. This love can grow to become more, depending on the two individuals.
Friendship is the foundation of a successful relationship. The advantage of this love is it allows time for two people to get to know one another first, before committing to a more serious relationship above friendship. Philia love is a love based on giving and taking. One person is still concerned with what he or she can take, but at the same time is also concerned with his or her friends’ benefit and therefore gives back in return.
Thirdly, there is Agape love, which is unconditional love, the highest type of love. Agape love is above Philia love and Eros love. It is a love that is totally selfless, where a person gives out love to another even if this act does not benefit him or her in any way. Whether the love given is returned or not, the person continues to love.
This is the love in which this woman experienced when she came into contact with Christ and every time she had the opportunity, she gave all that she had to a beloved King, Christ our Lord and Savior. This woman had experienced Agape Love. It didn’t come with conditions. Whoever this woman was, she understood that Eros love according to the Jewish law could have had her stoned. For that reason alone this woman poured a priceless ointment upon the head of Christ which was a token of the highest respect. Where there is true love in the heart to Jesus Christ, nothing will be thought too good to bestow upon him.
This act of faith and love was so remarkable, that it would be reported, as a memorial of Mary’s faith and love, to all future ages, and in all places where the gospel should be preached. In a culture in which a woman’s touch was often forbidden, Mary dares to cradle the feet of Jesus in her hands and spread the oil across his ankles and toes with the ends of her hair. Rather than measuring out a small amount of oil, Mary breaks the jar lets it all pour out. She’s all-in, fully committed, sparing no expense. The oil she may have been reserving for her own burial, or the burial of a loved one, has been poured out generously, without thought of the future. The humility of this action foreshadows the foot washing that is to come. Later, Jesus would imitate Mary by washing the feet of the Twelve, telling them to do the same, Extravagant Love.
Peace and Blessings!
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