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.
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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