Our Thankfulness for Our Own Forgiveness
Bible Text: Luke 7:36-50 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Luke 7:36: Christ Jesus was invited to dinner at the home of Simon the Pharisee. It was Simons intent to make Jesus the main course (Luke 5:21 and 30, 6:2 and 7, and 7:30).
Luke 7:37: The customs of the time allowed for uninvited guests to observe social gatherings. A woman (probably a former prostitute) comes in with an expensive box of perfume.
Luke 7:38: The woman literally showers Christ with love while simultaneously weeping uncontrollable tears of joy. A visible public demonstration of her gratitude for her forgiveness. Only she knew all she had been forgiven andher gratitude was immeasurable.
How quickly we forget what we have been forgiven(Ephesians 2:1-3 and I-Corinthians 6:9-11). How soon we forget what we earned (Romans 6:23).
Luke 7:39 and 40: The unbelieving Pharisee was cluelessas to what was going on. He had never experienced the joys of sins forgiven. The world is bewildered as to why we love Christ so. Christ did something amazing for us! We should love Him amazingly for it! The lost of this world will never understand (Romans 5:7 and 8).
Luke 7:41-43: Christ graciously explains what is going on. The woman’s love for Christ was proportionate to the magnitude of sins that she had been forgiven for. She knew her condition (Genesis 3:5-7).
Luke 7:44-50: The world will never ever give Christ His due reverence until they too experience the joy of having their sins forgiven. “O precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.” The flow only becomes precious to one who has been made white as snow.