Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Forgiven Much!

The account of the awesome forgiveness that Jesus offered to the sinful woman recorded in chapter 7 of Luke's Gospel is very worth taking notice of. The forgiveness granted was a great forgiveness because the woman was well known in her city for her reputation as a prostitute and low moral behavior. She probably was despised by many wives and women in her city. Her lifestyle was probably one of abuse and shame.

When Jesus allowed this woman to wash His feet with her tears and wipe them with her hair, kiss His feet and anoint them with fragrant oil, the Pharisee who owned the house could not help but wince with disgust. To him it was a gross impropriety that Jesus permitted the woman to act out in this way. The Pharisee despised the woman to be in his house and wondered how Jesus could be a prophet and not know what kind of woman she was.  But Jesus not only knew the thoughts in the mind of the self-righteous Pharisee, He also knew what was in the heart of the sinful woman. Jesus looked beyond the faults of the woman and saw her need. The Pharisee was not able to see her need and it compelled him to judge her for her faults.

Jesus took note that the woman’s sins were many, but because she had offered herself completely to Him as an act of faith, He forgave her from all of her sins.  The Pharisee’s self-righteousness kept him from seeing his need for Jesus to save him from a judgmental and condemning life.

The scripture states that “there is none righteous, no not one.” (Romans 3:10) “We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (verse 23) To the woman in Luke 7, Jesus stated that it was her faith that had saved her. Romans 3 tells us that we receive the “righteousness of God” through the “redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (verse 24) “It is only by His blood, through faith that He demonstrates His righteousness and forbearance to pass over the sins that we had previously committed.” (Verse 25)  At the foot of the cross the ground is level. There is room for everyone to be saved. There is no life that has been too deep in sin that God will not or cannot forgive. 

God spoke through Isaiah and said, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they are real like crimson, I will make them white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

Think about your own redemption today and how much of God’s mercy and love has been extended toward you. The Passover of the blood has been applied over the doorposts of your heart. Because He has forgiven so much, we are living life to love Him and to please Him in everything!