To Blind to See and To Good to Glorify God

Luke 7:36-50

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37When 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, 38and 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.

39When 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.”

40Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[d] and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

48Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

We serve a Great God who sent His Son to atone for the sins of the world; to crush the serpent’s head as stated in Genesis 3.  Isaiah told us of this man of sorrows ( Isaiah 53)  who was “pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed”.  We make some many plans(James 4:13-17) and we have some much time invested (Matthew 6:19-24) in a earthly life .  We never stop to think that it is God that keeps us alive.  We have children and have the audacity to think that it is us that gives that baby life.  I know for a fact that a woman can do everything the doctor tell her to do and still have a miscarriage.  Who breaths life into that baby?  Yet we continue to act as just God is not there because “we” don’t love our neighbors as ourselves.  We are the reasons for why things are the way that they are.  We don’t want to take responsibility for anything and then we do not want anyone to correct us.  We don’t realize that God’s mercy keeps our hearts pumping.  Just the thought that a mass of  tissue and muscle just pumps without batteries or nothing externally does not bring us to glorify God as He desires.  There are so many Christians who are born into this thing and never have counted the cost of following Christ.  No of us have really counted the cost.  We don’t really understand that we have already been judged and sentenced.  Those without Christ’s atonement are already in line for hell.  Those that continue to live and life against God; already have their wages of death for their sin.  The cross in itself judges you.  The cross says that humanity will not seek to do right nor will people seek God and deny himself.  The cross says that you can’t atone for your own sins.  It says that a trillion lambs, bulls, and goats can’t make up for all the sins in a man’s heart (Genesis 6:5-8, 11-21, Romans 1).  We are born sinners and those that truly understand and are honest about their heart are just like the woman who washed Jesus’ feet.  Those with the greatest debit who then have them washed away then the Father draws them(John 6:44-51) out of that life of sin; they understand.  It’s like a man on death row being freed because the judge choose to do so.  When God’s election, His grace falls on you; your heart becomes filled with joy and love.  At that point you can worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.  This is what it means by “being poor in spirit” or brokenness.  Even if you don’t have that many sins but just the thought that you may have 4o years of living to do and God has shown you mercy, grace and love to forgive those sins to come.  Does that do anything to you?  People stop lying to yourself; we are not good at all.  None of us are good and our level of goodness will never be enough to please God.  To say that you are good and to start to measure the seriousness of your sin; is to say you don’t need God and that Christ wasted His time on the cross.  If you think you are good or not that bad; you will never experience Christ properly nor will you ever submit to God.  Especially since your pride in yourself hinders your vision. I have sat in the seat at altar call saying to myself that he isn’t talking about me then I measure my sins.  I was once like that but no more.  People like that are not Christians; they are religious and don’t worship God but worship what they have done with their lives. They are blind and don’t glorify God.  They glorify what they have done with God’s mercy and long-suffering.  They glorify the use of blessings to glorify themselves.  They do this so others can say how righteous and good they are.

Romans 3

No One is Righteous

9What shall we conclude then? Are we any better[b]? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. 10As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11there is no one who understands,
no one who seeks God.
12All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”[c]
13“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”[d]
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[e]
14“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[f]
15“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16ruin and misery mark their ways,
17and the way of peace they do not know.”[g]
18“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[h]

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