Scripture Reading: Numbers 26:12-27:11 / Luke 7:36-50 / Proverbs 8:12-21
Love is a wonderful thing and sometimes evolves over time as Maggie’s husband writes. “Before I married Maggie dear, I was her pumpkin pie; her precious peach and honey boy, the apple of her eye. But after years of married life, this thought I pause to utter, those fancy names are now all gone…I’m just her bread and butter!”
Sadly, some people love because of what they can “get”. But we cannot love Christ because of what we can “get” but because of what He has “given”! Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus to have dinner with him and it became very apparent that there was one person who loved Jesus deeply and another who loved Him casually and conveniently.
A woman who lived a sinful life crashed Simon’s dinner party, bringing an alabaster jar of perfume with her. This woman did not care what others thought about her display of love for Jesus. She wept at his feet, washed them with her tears, let down her hair
and wiped them with her hair. She kissed his feet and anointed them with expensive perfume. (Luke 7:38)
Simon and the “religious” were appalled, critical and judgmental. “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is – that she is a sinner. (7:39) To them, her display of tears, kissing and anointing were degrading and unacceptable. For her, her love for Christ was worth any criticism and accusations she would receive.
She gave Jesus respect and honor, washing His feet while Simon did not give Jesus a basin to wash His feet. She gave Him a basin of tears that flowed from her broken heart. She dried His feet with the humility of her worship. Simon offered no kiss of greeting when Jesus arrived, nor did he anoint Christ’s feet. She kissed His feet in a spirit of meekness and reverence. She anointed them with the best she had and the most costly.
We can be guilty of neglecting to offer Christ a basin of welcome, inviting His presence in our daily lives. May we never greet Jesus with a heartless, formal and ritualistic heart like Simon but worship Him with sincerity and brokenness. Desiring Him without inhibition, longing to be in the joy of His presence.
We can begin to love like this sinner woman when we understand everything He is and everything we’re not. Pharisees have an
imperfect sense of their guilt, sin and His mercy. They fail to recognize the depth of their sin and the abundance of His grace and forgiveness. Some have no consciousness of the Lord’s mercy but no matter how great or small we may consider our sin to be…we all need a Savior. Simon had a spirit of self-righteousness and a casual love. The sinful woman saw her sin and knew her Savior. She loved…because she had been forgiven much!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!