We are in the book of Luke in our bible study series…and I have one question, who does this Jesus guy think that He is? God Almighty or something?
I mean His standards are not the same as mine, and therefore…He is WAY off the mark. And I am glad…
I love reading the bible, because even though I have “heard” and “read” all of this stuff before…when you read it with the Holy Spirit guiding you, it is like it is new territory…every time.
But I love what I read today…because Jesus does what He always does…breaks the “mold” of how we think that life should go….and then He takes a dagger and slices the veneer of our hearts.
Let me paint the scene….Jesus is a rock star, healing people, raising folks from the dead, casting out demons…not your everyday stuff. So like everyone who is rising in popularity, the power mongers…the Pharisees…the ones who were supposed to be leading the people “to” God…want to have Jesus over for some chow…
And then all of the sudden, this real sleaze-bag of a woman…a real slut…comes in and starts crying and wiping His feet with oil with her hair no less. Really a very uncomfortable scene…I mean she is a SINNER and if Jesus was really sent from God, He would tell this chick to beat it…but instead Jesus says this to His host…..
Luke 7:40-43 – Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. 41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. (NIV)
Way to go Simon…you are on track for Jeopardy. Dude…you are smart…you have got to get tired of being right! And Simon beaming with pride, I am sure looks around at his peers with a smug sense of pride…all the while the “sinner” keeps wiping Jesus’ feet.
Jesus looks at the woman and says, Okay Simon….Bonus round….
Luke 7:44-48 – Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” (NASB)
Slam Dunk! Checkmate! Take that Simon! No…Jesus is just telling him that he needs to re-think God. God wants to forgive everyone…but they have to acknowledge their sin and desire “repentance”…and believe that only HE has the power to do that…and she recognized that in Jesus.
And don’t you love it? Her sins….which are many… How sweet is that? Jesus says, oh yeah, she is guilty…and for that reason she knows how sweet forgiveness is! She doesn’t want to continue in her life of sin, because it is a dead end street! It is dark, and ugly…and Jesus says, “YOU ARE FREE!” Free from the lies…free from the deceit…free from guilt…free!! Now change your life and make it count for God. You owed a lot…and have been forgiven of your debt. And for that reason…because she realizes it…she will love Me greatly.
But for those of us who haven’t done anything wrong? We don’t love Him…because we don’t need His forgiveness…WE HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING WRONG!! She should get what’s coming to her…she is guilty and DESERVES punishment…
I on the other hand who is free from that condemnation of guilt because of my “near” faultless life…I don’t have to worry about such a fate. No Jesus, I don’t need your forgiveness….but thank you very much.
I’m sorry Dan…er I mean Simon. Did you say, “near-faultless?” Which of course means that you are guilty. Well, yes…but not of any big things. I mean…
I will admit on occasion that I have taken God’s name in vain…but only when I was really drunk, and of course I do covet a few of my neighbors possessions…especially his car, and I guess I have skipped church to play golf, and I did cheat on my taxes…sort of, and I would have killed that guy who cut me off in traffic if I had a chance…and well I lied a little bit about my co-worker because I “deserved” that promotion, and I guess I do worship my success and house and my material trappings, and I have watched a little porn,and I am in debt up to my ears so I can’t give to the poor, and I am too busy to help my neighbor who’s life is imploding around him….but NOTHING like HER!!! She is a SINNER!
Be encouraged if that sounds familiar…Jesus is standing by to forgive you for much. You may not think it is much, but according to God’s standard…it is exactly the same. And when you realize how much you have been forgiven? You won’t be able to help but love Jesus all the more for the Cross of Crucifixion, and His atoning blood…for my sins.
Grace and Peace, Dan