My Beloved

Luke 7:37-38 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.”

“There was a woman in the city who was a sinner.” Uh, yeah that’s me; I’ll raise my hand to that. But let’s be clear, Jesus has removed the stain and shame of my sin. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14).

Simon, the Pharisee had invited Jesus into his home. Think about that for a minute, God came to his house and all he could say after witnessing this encounter was, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.” He so missed it didn’t he? Jesus was more than a prophet and he knew exactly who this woman was who prostrated herself before him. She knew who she was too and she knew she had to get to Jesus, the one who could make her well. The one who could cleanse her and make her whole again. And what did our Lord do, he gave himself freely to her.

Jesus takes the time to point something out to Simon. He told him to look at her. He said, “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. “You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. “You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” What a stark contrast between a penitent sinner and one who hasn’t discovered their need for forgiveness. Jesus looks at her and speaks directly to her heart and fulfills her greatest need. He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” Oh, I’ve imagined him looking at me a thousand times with such gentleness and love. The way he looked at her. I’ve often wondered why we don’t know her name, I’ve wanted to know her name but maybe Jesus wants us to insert our own name in the story. She is you and me.

I’ve had many Simon’s in my life and you probably have too. They look down on you and whisper about ‘that’ woman. I’ve always been ‘that’ girl or ‘that’ woman. My sister, reject any labels others try to place on you. If you have believed and placed faith in Christ, your sins, past, present and future have been forgiven you. Hallelujah, what a Savior! Don’t you know you’ve been washed by the blood of Jesus? The Bible says, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God,” 1Cor.6:11. I know by the witness of the Holy Spirit, that what I once was I am no longer. I’ve been given a new heart to love the Lord and a new way of thinking. 2Cor.5:17 says,”Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Shout with me, take note you Pharisees, I am a daughter of the King! Don’t allow others to place labels on you. God has adopted us into his household and given us his name. You are a Christian and our father has engraved us on the palms of his hands. Now raise yours in praise; “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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