This Is Our Jesus
One of my favorite stories in all of history is when a prostitute crashes a dinner party. Imagine!! Her outright boldness leaves me in awe of her. She finds her way to the Guest of Honor, and then, out of the blue, kneels down and starts weeping at His feet. The room goes still, frozen in time. Everyone stops and in awkward silence as they all watch this scene unfold.
The uninvited woman begins taking her head wrap off. What is she doing? She loosens her hair and as it cascades around her, She begins wiping the Man’s feet where her tears have washed over them. This lady doesn’t care who’s watching her. She is blind to their reactions. All she knows and all she is motivated by is love. It consumes her and gives her a singular focus: grateful worship.
First, her tears, but even that wasn’t enough. Next, she lets down her hair, but still not enough. She doesn’t feel condemnation from this man, neither does she feel judged, marginalized, or afraid of Him. With nothing but love coming from this Man’s presence, she realized He knew everything about her, yet, He accepted her, He welcomed her, He loved her.
This is our Jesus; Full of love, compassion, and mercy.
She can’t hold back any longer. She began kissing His feet, over and over and over. Maybe she begins reciting the prophet Isaiah as she holds His feet, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!”
The crowd is stunned! Stunned!! What are they witnessing?! They expect Jesus to know who this woman is, to turn her away, to judge her, to condemn her for her many sins. But Jesus turns the table on them. I love this next part so much! Listen to Jesus’s response. He opens by addressing the man who has invited him into his home:
“Jesus said, ‘Simon, I have a word for you.’
‘Go ahead, Teacher. I want to hear it,’ he answered.
‘It’s a story about two men who were deeply in debt. One owed the bank one hundred thousand dollars, and the other only owed ten thousand dollars. When it was obvious that neither of them would be able to repay their debts, the kind banker graciously wrote off the debts and forgave them all that they owed. Tell me, Simon, which of the two debtors would be the most thankful? Which one would love the banker most?’
Simon answered, ‘I suppose it would be the one with the greatest debt forgiven.’
‘You’re right,” Jesus agreed. Then he spoke to Simon about the woman still weeping at his feet. ‘Don’t you see this woman kneeling here? She is doing for me what you didn’t bother to do. When I entered your home as your guest, you didn’t think about offering me water to wash the dust off my feet. Yet she came into your home and washed my feet with her many tears and then dried my feet with her hair. You didn’t even welcome me into your home with the customary kiss of greeting, but from the moment I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You didn’t take the time to anoint my head with fragrant oil, but she anointed my head and feet with the finest perfume. She has been forgiven of all her many sins. This is why she has shown me such extravagant love. But those who assume they have very little to be forgiven will love me very little.’” (Luke 7)
Listen my friends, that last line has the power to set your free: “...those who assume they have very little to be forgiven will love me very little.” EVERYONE in the room that day should have been at Jesus’ feet. They were all just as sinful as this woman...ALL of them. And more personally, ALL of us. We are all guilty of sin, we are all in need rescuing, and we all need a Savior.
That is what Christmas is about. God sent His “Love Gift” to rescue us all, in the form of a tiny baby named Jesus. He came to forgive us all, but how many will receive forgiveness? How many will receive Jesus’s love? It is my prayer that this holiday season we will all learn to be like Mary. No, not Mary the Mother of Jesus, but Mary the grateful worshipper.
Jesus didn’t come preaching judgment or condemnation but the total forgiveness of sins.
Forgiveness is His gift to you and me and comes the moment we ask Him for it.
May this Christmas we take time to posture ourselves like this woman who knelt at Jesus’ feet: grateful, humbled, in loving awe of the beautiful Savior who came to rescued her. Judgement, fear, and condemnation have no place in a worshipful heart...only gratitude and the overwhelming motivation to let all know the Treasure we have found.
“A child has been born for us; a son has been given to us. The responsibility of complete dominion will rest on his shoulders, and his name will be:
The Wonderful One!
The Extraordinary Strategist!
The Mighty God!
The Father of Eternity!
The Prince of Peace!
Great and vast is his dominion. He will bring immeasurable peace and prosperity. He will rule on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom to establish and uphold it by promoting justice and righteousness from this time forward and forevermore. The marvelous passion that the Lord Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies, has for his people will ensure that it is finished!”
-Isaiah 9 The Passion Translation