“Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her---because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little. And He said to her, your sins are forgiven!” (Luke 7:47-48 Amp)
Reconciling the world to Himself, God sent His only Son from the splendor of heaven to redeem mankind (2 Corinthians 5:19) “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 62:1 NKJV).
Only bold outrageous love attends a dinner party uninvited.
“And behold, a woman of the town, an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment (perfume). And standing behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume)” (Luke 7:37-38 Amp).
Reports of Jesus’ healing ministry reached this desperate woman and she seized the opportunity. Honoring Jesus lifted her beyond fear of rejection and mere words incapable of expressing her deep gratitude. She didn’t speak---just wept.
Crying remorsefully, the sinner worshipped Christ by giving a costly gift and herself.
Listening to insults and mocking, Jesus exalted the humble-spirited anointing. Spending life savings brought her near the only One who rescues souls from dark memories. Lost in a desert of shame, she embraced an oasis of forgiveness. Kneeling beneath Jesus she arose healed, forgiven and whole.
Breaking the alabaster jar of expensive nard freed her from prisons of despair and loneliness into a beautiful servant and sweet-smelling aroma for the Lord (2 Corinthians 2:15). By relentless outpouring of her heart, she expressed true repentance---abandoning reputation with reckless admiration for God the Lord.
Knowing all things, the Son of Man welcomed this precious person into His kingdom. He longs to do the same with us; offering healing in His wings, forgiving sins and making all things new (Revelation 21:5). Transformation on our part requires painful, complete and continuous breakaways from old fleshy sin-natures (Romans 12:1). Would to God we unashamedly pursue a new life, leaving sin-sick behaviors behind and outrageously place our trust in Him.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” ~~~Jim Elliot, missionary who gave his life for others
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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