He Sees the Best in Us
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
March 9, 2014
Central Passage
Luke 7:36-50
Second Sunday Service

The sermon's commentary is taken from the Life Application Study Bible:

"Although the woman was not an invited guest, she entered the house anyway and knelt behind Jesus at his feet.  In Jesus' day, it was customary to recline while eating.  Dinner guests lay on couches whith their heads near the table, propping themselves up on one elbow and stretching their feet out behind them.  The woman could easily anoint Jesus' feel without going up to the table.

The book's author, Luke, contrasts the Pharisees with sinners - and again the sinners come out ahead.  Simon the Pharisee had committed several social errors:  neglecting to wash Jesus' feet (a courtesy extended to guests because sandaled feet got very dirty), anointing his head with oil, and offering him the kiss of greeting.  Did Simon perhaps feel he was too good to treat Jesus as an equal?  The sinful woman, by contrast, lavished tears, expensive perfume, and kisses on her Savior.  In this story, it is the grateful woman, not the stingy religious leader, whose sins are forgiven.  Although it is God's grace through faith that saves us, not acts of love or generosity, this woman's act demonstrated her true faith, and Jesus honored it.

Overflowing love is the natural response to forgiveness and the consequence of faith.  But only those, who realize the depth of their sin, can appreciate the complete forgiveness God offers them.  Jesus has rescued all of his followers, whether they were once extremely wicked or conventionally good, from eternal death.  Do you appreciate the wideness of his mercy?  Are you grateful for his forgiveness?

The Pharisees believed that only God could forgive sins, so they wondered why this man Jesus was saying the woman's sins were forgiven.  They did not grasp that Jesus is indeed God. "

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