Jesus anointed by a sinful woman – The true worshipper


Reading: Luke 7:36-50

Key Verse: Luke 7:47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.

We can see from Jesus explanation that the normal cultural practice towards a guest had not been followed, implying that Jesus had been invited not truly as a guest but to set a trap for him. When the uninvited woman, probably a protestute, came into the gathering Simon let the situation continue, thus proving to himself that Jesus’ credibility as prophet could be dismissed.

Simon thought sin was just in a person’s actions and that one could become contaminated by sin by association. Thus a godly person would keep themselves from sin by not mixing with sinners. Simon also though God would speak to Jesus and reveal to Jesus her background if he truly was a prophet. In this Simon was correct,God did revealed hidden secrets to Jesus but it was those of Simon’s own mind that were revealed.

Simon thought that everybody belong in two groups, holy and unholy sinners. In this he was correct, but he had placed himself in the holy group and this woman and now Jesus in the unholy sinful group. But the truth is Jesus alone is in himself holy, and therefore we all belong to the sinful group, whether we are very sinful or less sinful we are all born sinners and cannot cleanse ourselves of any sin no matter how small or great, we all alike stand condemned. Jesus in his parable showed that we are all in debt to God whether great or small amounts and none of us can repay anything.

This woman, who had been a great sinner, came in repentant faith to Jesus, and was made holy having all her sin taken away. While on the other hand Simon remained in the sinful situation that he started in because he would not trust in Jesus to take his sin away and convert him from the unholy group to the holy group. The woman’s thankfulness and love overflowing in her unadulterated worship of Jesus.

Sermon Points:
Easy to not see yourself in the story. It is important to apply truths to ourselves.”Where am I in the story?” How can I work on this? How do I apply? What do I need to work on?

When justifying our actions we instinctively think of someone worse than us.
Q1: Have you forgotten your debt that Jesus has paid?

Our hearts are temples of the Holy Spirit, places of worship to God
Q2: God cares about your worship. How do you worship God?

Q3: How does the world see you? Are you known for your love for God and the church?

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Roddy MacRae
Preached: Evening Service, 04 January 2015

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I’m writing this not long after our June Communion and I hope we all enjoyed the weekend. We were blessed to welcome five new members and we thank God for Jan, James, Janette, Derek & Betty. God continues to assemble his team at

Friday night of the communion weekend in particular impacted on me. It made me examine myself as to my appetite for God himself. My appetite is never normally a problem for me (which is itself the problem!) but I’ve found myself challenged and reawakened to seek after more of God. C S Lewis (perhaps the most quotable man – bar Jesus – who ever lived!) once said:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition
when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child
who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum
because he cannot imagine what is meant
by the offer of a holiday at the sea.
We are far too easily pleased.”

One of the biggest challenges to me personally was hearing of incidences where God came down in power and many Christians had to leave as they struggled to cope with God’s presence. How would I react? Am I too comfortable with too little?

Going through the Psalms I see such passionate language such as:

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

The psalmist yearns for God himself. It was Paul’s cry too – “oh that I might know him!” It’s so easy for that passion in us to dull. To become satisfied with forms and ritual. To be far too easily pleased. Where do we look for satisfaction? Has God become sidelined? Peripheral? It happens all too easily – to us all. We need
to encourage one another on to avoid this from happening.

What is most necessary for us all is that we see the all-surpassing preciousness of Jesus. The Cross shows us that most vividly and clearly – the passion God has for us, the lengths he would go to save us, infinite love, infinite dedication, hope. Like Bartimaeus maybe our prayer should be ‘Lord, I want to see’.

We are going through a process of change in the congregation – which is never easy. But let that not distract us from pursuing more of God. We are satisfied with far too little, when God offers us infinite joy – as he offers us himself. Often we major on minors and things become issues in Church life that should not be. Let’s major on who is central – God himself. Those who have gone before were faithful in their day, we must wrestle with what faithfulness to God looks like in 2013. Through it all we must keep our eyes on Jesus.

The greatest reward of the Christian life is to be with God forever. We shall see him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12, Rev 22:4). I pray that that would not only be my passion but our passion now.

“Less would not satisfy, more could not be desired”.
William Guthrie, The Christians Great Interest

Rev. Calum MacMillan

Rev Calum MacMillian
Assistant Minister