Margin Notes: From Luke 7


Luke 7:36–48 (ESV) — 36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward 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 has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Here is a principle which seems counterintuitive, but is not: If we would love God more, we need a greater apprehension of the magnitude of our sin, and the glory of what it cost at Calvary to deal with it.

Our perception of and appreciation for God’s love for us is directly tied to our perception of the greatness of our sin, and what it cost to purge it.

It is a great mistake for Christians to want to forget about their sinfulness.

No, we do not want to wallow in it as though nothing has really changed – we HAVE been translated out of darkness into His marvelous light!

So it is, now we can peer into this pit with all of its filth and find the depths and power of God’s love – rather than despair and hopelessness. What once stood as a testimony against us, now becomes a means of blessing and testimony about our Christ.

Don’t waste your sin! Don’t deny it. Don’t run from it. Assess it acutely and minutely through the lens of the finished work of Christ. And use it to rejoice in what Christ has done in His love for you. Otherwise, you will try to live in a false reality, and when sin does raise its ugly head, you’ll have no category for it, no way to rightly deal with it.

Only in this way can we walk in truth and authenticity.

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