I AM Forgiveness
June 21, 2011
One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. 37 Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume 38 and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him.”
44 Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. 45 You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. 46 You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. 47 Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”
48 Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.” Luke 7:37-39, 44-47 MSG
The “town harlot” came and worshiped. She was hungry for forgiveness for her sin. So she worshiped with a sacrifice. S”he poured out very expensive perfume to soothe Him. She poured out herself by the tears that “rained” down. She poured out her love by the holy kisses to His feet.
.This woman wasn’t bored by her worship. She gave all she had and within everything she poured out was her heart.
Simon said something about the “Kind of woman this is.” …speaking of her being a harlot. Jesus saw more. He saw a woman who needed Him, a woman who needed grace and forgiveness, He saw a child He created. He saw that kind of woman.
Then a very beautiful exchange occurs. Jesus looks into the woman’s eyes while he’s telling Simon how he had neglected Him and how she had lovingly, warmly welcomed and honored Him. He returned the honor to her. Not in an awards night kind of way but in an “I love you. I’ve been blessed by your love for Me.” kind of honor.
Simon and Jesus had a conversation about forgiveness where Jesus told him “She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful.” Who forgave her? Jesus did. He is our forgiveness too. There is great power in the cross that surpasses our sin and brings us cleansing and forgiveness and peace.
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