My pastor preached on the prostitute washing the feet of Jesus with her tears and hair. I can’t seem to get that picture out of my mine this week. As I meditate on this story Holy Spirit illuminated my understanding.
Here is the scriptures for this story:
Luke 7:37-49 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44 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.” 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”Please take your time reading this passage and let the Holy Spirit work in you the message He has for you. As I thought of the Pharisee I couldn’t help but be reminded of the times I have judged sinful people, and then as I turned my attention to the woman I realized that I had been a sinner too. Here she is broken by her sin. She just had to get to Jesus. She barged right in to this ‘religious’ person’s house just to reach Jesus. This is the thought that came to mind as I meditated on this. I saw my own sinful self in that picture in desperate need for God’s love and acceptance. God became a man to allow sinners to touch him! He didn’t rebuke the sinful woman. He rebuked the religious person. Without God becoming man there is no way a sinner could reach out and touch God for God is invisible and He is holy. Jesus the God/Man allowed this sinner to touch him! This is the beauty folks. A Holy God is accessible to us, for the sinner to touch and to see and to hear. I wept with my own tears of joy as I realized this marvelous understanding of the significance of the God incarnate. This is how much God loves us. He limited Himself to man’s world to become one of us so that we, sinner that we are can know the One true God. The beauty of this story is that Jesus rebuked the religious one (the self-righteous one) and praised the sinner. He told her, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Just like that! She had been forgiven much. Her sins were wiped away. It’s in our brokenness that we come to Jesus, and He ACCEPTS us. Oh, my dear Father in Heaven, forgive me for the times I have judged a sinner. Please let me see them as you do, as I am one of them. Love the sinner through me. Let my hands reach out and love them as you did this woman. Amen!