A woman, known as a “sinner”, came to Jesus, while He was at one of the Pharisee’s house having dinner. As she stood at the feet of Jesus, she was completely overwhelmed and started weeping. Her tears fell onto his feet. Immediately, she bent down to wipe them, and all she could do was wipe off her tears from his feet with her hair. She had brought with her a bottle of her most expensive perfume, and she poured it out on his feet as well. And then, she kissed them!
The Pharisee did not approve of this. He said, it was a waste of money! But Jesus rebuked him. He saw this woman for who she was! He knew her heart and what she had gone through. He knew why she was crying. She was seen by Him. She was heard by Him. And in response, he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven... Your faith has saved you... Go in peace.”
This woman, when in the presence of Jesus, was so greatly affected by Him, that she couldn't help but to step out of her comfort zone. She definitely broke through cultural and societal barriers. She was not afraid to go against the norms of behavior. This brave act of worship was the door to her freedom.
When we come to Jesus, honestly, bravely, and just as we are, He is always ready and willing to receive us, forgive us, and set us free. This is our intention when we enter into the worship space at PAVC. When we worship God, we encourage you to be honest and brave, to go to Jesus wholly and completely - just as you are, because He is here in our midst to receive you.