16 Mar Weep at His Feet – 3/16/21
Luke 7:36-50 –
36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[a] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
Have you ever read a story in the Gospel and all of a sudden become insurmountably hyped? Yep. If you have not read this story, I implore you to read it.
There are many implications regarding the very expensive alabaster jar the woman reserved for anointing King Jesus, but let’s position ourselves a tad differently on this one. You know why the sinful woman was weeping? Because she was so, violently, aware of her hopeless depravity. Sam Allberry is a British pastor, who has vowed celibacy because of prior homosexual experience. When speaking for the Gospel Coalition, he reflects on a time where a fellow pastor seriously asked him: “How can you look at a homosexual and not be disgusted?” He replied: “Because I am more disgusted with my own sin.” A greater awareness of the depths of our sin will lead to a greater humility. A greater humility will lead to a greater compassion for those in mourning. Church, are we a people that weeps at the feet of Jesus? Because of her utter desperation for a Savior, she could feel grace on an incommunicable level. Because of her utter desperation for a Savior, it was of no contest for her to express pure gratitude by generously pouring a year’s worth of earnings on the feet of Hope.
Lord, I pray that Citylight Church can grow in awareness of our sin, and feel our desperation, so we may grow in awareness of your grace. You descended to the heart of hell so that we would, not only be forgiven of our sins, but be clothed in your righteousness; set apart from the world, to glorify you. Thank you for your sacrifice. Let us be constantly reminded of your ever-loving kindness. Thank you for your forgiveness of our many sins. Let us have great love for you in response. Amen.