07/17/2011 He first Loved us!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, July 18, 2011 Under: Sermon

Text: Luke 7:36-50 (HCSB)

36 Then one of the Pharisees invited Him to eat with him. He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And a woman in the town who was a sinner found out that Jesus was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. She brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil 38 and stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching Him - she’s a sinner!” 40 Jesus replied to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he said, “say it.” 41 “A creditor had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, and the other 50. 42 Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one he forgave more.” “You have judged correctly,” He told him. 44 Turning to 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, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. 46 You didn’t anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Those who were at the table with Him began to say among themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 (HCSB)

Application: What is your connection with Christ’s Love?

Intro: The message today comes from Day Two of VBS, Connection with Love! Last week it was Connection with Faith and the Centurion. In are text today Jesus presents a contrast between the attitudes of the sinful (repentant) and the self-righteous man. It needs to be studied carefully, for self-righteousness is a serious sin. The contrast has two persons involved: the woman who is a prostitute and the man Simon a Pharisee.

1. Sinful Repentance: (Prostitute)

To start with our culture is quick to judge anyone with this kind of background, she was a prostitute and yes her lifestyle was wrong but you will see what she does here changes her future for eternity.

The woman recognized she was a sinner, a prostitute. She demonstrated what a sinner has to do in coming to Jesus. She sensed a desperate need. The guilt and weight of her sin was more than she could bear. She ached for forgiveness. She approached the Lord despite all. She knew that the public scorned and gossiped about her, and the so-called decent people wanted nothing to do with her. What would Jesus do: “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (HCSB)

She surrendered to the Lord in utter humility. Standing there, she was overcome with conviction and emotion. She fell at Jesus' feet weeping - so broken that tears just flowed from her eyes. She unwound her hair and wiped and kissed Jesus' feet. Seldom has such love and devotion been shown Jesus. She loved much, giving her most precious possession. Perfume and the great sacrifice she was making and to even go further she anointed her Lord!

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

The person who comes to Christ must come with a broken and contrite heart.

2. Self-Righteous Arrogance: (Pharisee)

It is sad to say with this attitude I am going to discuss now it is common place in our culture today! This self righteous person was Simon who was a Pharisee a very religious person. His attitude showed: no common courtesies, he was rude, wasn’t even sure who Jesus was, he just knew he had heard a lot about Him and He was like a celebrity.

The house of Simon was a house of the rich. The rich always had an open courtyard, usually in the center of the house; that is, the house was built around an open courtyard. Sometimes the host would allow the public to stand around in the courtyard and listen to the discussions, in particular when a rabbi or some celebrity was the chief guest.

The man considered himself better. He felt he was better than the sinful woman, so he would never allow her to touch him. He would keep his distance, ignore, and have nothing to do with her. He considered his judgment and knowledge, opinions and behavior to be better than others. He expected others (Jesus) to judge and act as he did. He thought that if Jesus only knew who the lady was, then He would reject her.

The man sensed no need for forgiveness and repentance. He thought of himself as good enough in religion. He was good enough in behavior. He was well behaved, decent and moral, just and fair, respected and highly esteemed. He was not immoral; in fact, he would have nothing to do with immorality. He had not and never would commit a sin that would be publicly condemned. Therefore, he felt as though he had done nothing for which he needed forgiveness. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but [only] the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 (HCSB)

3. Response to the Attitudes: (Parable)

Jesus ate with both sinners and religionists He sought every man. Interestingly enough Jesus knew the attitude of both of these people: Jesus knows the truth of every thought and feeling within a man. If a person is self-righteous, Jesus knows it. If a person is repentant, truly repentant, Jesus knows it. No one hides anything, no feeling, no thought from Him. So here comes the parable He shares with all that are present. Clearly the parable illustrates the grace of God in freely forgiving sin and offering salvation! The Bible tells us: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)

The self-righteous man didn’t give Jesus the respect He was due! The repentant had much to teach the self-righteous about Jesus. The repentant really see Jesus, who He really is. Jesus was the One who had the power to forgive sins. The woman's sins were many. Jesus did not overlook her sins, nor the seriousness of them.

Self-righteousness sensed the need for little forgiveness; therefore, the self-righteous loved little. The self-righteous had only a formal, distant relationship with God. His relationship was cold, having only a small sense of sin and sensing only a little need for forgiveness. He didn’t see: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Conclusion:

Jesus was the One who did save the repentant. The woman believed Christ to be the Savior, the One who could forgive her sins. Therefore, Christ saved her.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

"So, which of them will love him more?" What is your connection with Christ’s Love?

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