Monday, August 12, 2013

The Target Of Sideways Glances

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. In our day, she would be the outcast. You know, the one who is the target of sideways glances and curious double-takes.

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. 
Acts 3:19

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. 
Isaiah 1:18

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. Matthew 26:28

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


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.

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