Archive for Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Luke 7:36-43
Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “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.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,d and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

The fact that Christ came to save sinners seems easy to pass off but difficult to live with for those who don’t share a relationship with him. What I mean here is that we live our lives in oblivion to the fact that we are sinners. It is hard for us to stop justifying our actions and looking at ourselves in the mirrors of our minds as reasonably good people. If we were involved in some form of charity, we feel like we are better than average. If we do a good act, it feels like a real bonus in our kitty and this seems to nullify any wrong that we could have done. Some religions offer ways to compensate our sins by actions like charity, pilgrimages, sacrifices, etc. However, are we really forgiven and what assurance do we have that these actions would cover all our sins? Also, what happens beyond the human years?

The reality of sin is that we are born in it and from the get go, we are collecting sin debt that cannot be paid off in human ways. We sin by thought as much as in word or deed and the Bible reminds us that all men have sinned and are in need of saving. This is the reason we are alienated from God and live in a sinner’s paradise where our eyes are covered with the devil’s shades! In today’s passage and also in today’s chapter, Jesus reminds us over and over again that he came to forgive us our sins (Past, present and future) and give us the assurance of sharing an eternity in his presence. The challenge is for us to admit our brokenness and desperate need for saving and then, when we ask him in, we are transformed. The sinful lady realized the depravity of her situation and knew that nothing she did could atone but by shamelessly submitting herself before Jesus and serving him with her heart, she was saved! Are we still living in the comfort zone of thinking we are ‘REASONABLY OKAY’ people? Wake up and repent before it is too late!

In His Loving Service,

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