Saturday, March 3, 2012

Your Sins Are Forgiven



And he said to her, 
“Your sins are forgiven.” 
Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, 
“Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 
And he said to the woman, 
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” 
Luke 7:48-50

This "woman of the city, who was a sinner" had nothing to bring that would justify herself to the Pharisees or to Jesus.

and Jesus says 
repent, then, and turn to God, 
so that your sins may be wiped out, 
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord

She did not come with a resume, with a strong reputation or with good grades. She was not a leader in her church or a Sunday school teacher.

and Jesus says 
Come now, let us reason together, 
though your sins are like scarlet, 
they shall be as white as snow; 
though they are red as crimson, 
they shall be like wool.

She was not known in her community for her philanthropic nature nor could she be commended for her outstanding contribution to her local public school.

and Jesus says
This is my blood of the covenant, 
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

She had one thing to bring, one ticket that could gain her admission to a front row seat with Jesus.

Sin.  
Scandalous sin.

and Jesus says 
I am merciful and forgiving, 
even though you have rebelled against me. 
 In me you have redemption through my blood, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
in accordance with the riches of my grace.

There is a great paradox in this scene: the sinner [unrepentant religious expert] hosting Jesus, and, the sinner [repentant woman of the city].  Paul, writing to the Romans makes no distinction between "good" and "bad" people or "good" and "really good" people.  Shockingly, he announces there is only one kind of person.  He puts everyone in the same category - sinner.

"as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; 
together they have become worthless;
no one does good"
Romans 3:10-12

Who is a God like this,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression 
of the remnant of his inheritance?




Atoning sacrifice
Keeper of this life
Hallelujah You are savior!
Beginning and the end
Forgiver of my sin
By Your mercy You have saved us!


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