THE PHARISEE AND THE PROSTITUTE Mark 7:36-50
“36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.” Lk 7:47 CEV
One day, Jesus was eating at the home of a Pharisee when a prostitute came in. “The woman kissed his feet and poured…perfume on them. The Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this and said to himself, ‘If [Jesus] really were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him!’” (vv. 38-39 CEV). But Simon the Pharisee got it wrong. It wasn’t that Jesus didn’t know, it’s that He didn’t care! That day, He forgave her sin and sent her on her way redeemed, restored, and redirected.
This story confirms what we already know; Jesus came to save sinners on the street and hypocrites in the church. No one is beyond the reach of His grace. With that in mind, think this way: (1) Never forget what God saved you from! Note what Jesus told Simon the Pharisee: “Anyone who has been forgiven for only a little will show only a little love” (v. 47 CEV).
Remembering the sins of his past, David wrote: “He…brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay…set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord” (Ps 40:2-3 NKJV). (2) Remember that Jesus isn’t looking at your past but at your future.
The crowd saw this woman as a weed, but Jesus saw her as a rose, and He watered it.
Bottom line: If you need forgiveness today, come to Jesus. And if you have been forgiven, pour out your heart to Him in praise. (TWFT)