Luke 7 ends with the story of the harlot who comes and pours expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus. Simon, one of the Pharisees, had invited Jesus over for dinner with a group of his peers. As they were sitting there, this sinner of a woman comes in and washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair, and anoints them with perfume. Of course Simon and the boys are upset that Jesus would associate with such a woman. But Jesus gives us a couple truths that is so critical to remember. First – the Pharisees in all their righteousness had done nothing to make Jesus comfortable – there was “no water…no greeting…nothing for freshening up”. Does that describe us in the church today – we don’t get outside our comfort zone of friendship and reach out to those who really need Jesus? Secondly – Jesus teaches us that “If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal”. Guys – we need to never forget that our forgiveness of sin is anything but minimal. Jesus went to the cross for us. Thus our gratitude should be anything but minimal. We need to proclaim the freedom He gave us.
Archive for January 12th, 2008