Summary: Sin is easy to see in someone else's life but it's often hard to see it in our own. Simon the Pharisee thinks he's righteous in God's eyes when what he really needs to see is the reality of his own sin that he might discover what the woman weeping at Jes

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Four Life Changing Words - Luke 7:36-50 - July 15, 2012

Series: Forgiven For Forever - #1

(Baptism Service)

I very much appreciate that passage we just heard from the book of 2 Chronicles. Those words are a call to humbleness and holiness, to righteousness and revival. The occasion was the finishing of the temple. This would be God’s dwelling place with His people. This is where He would meet with them and they would worship Him. This is where the heart of God would be – with His people in the temple – a testimony to all peoples everywhere of God’s glory and His goodness.

But today that temple is no longer standing. It has been replaced – not by church buildings which we tend to think of as our temples of today - but by something of far greater worth. Scripture says that if you are in Christ Jesus then you, yourself, are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the place in which the Spirit of God now dwells. He resides with you in a very real and personal way. But the call on your life is still the same as it was so long ago – a call to humbleness and holiness, to righteousness and revival as you walk in step with the Spirit of our God.

When we get right down to it we could say that everyone in the world could be placed into one of two broad categories – those who know their sin and are broken by it, who have called out to God for mercy and who have received the true grace of God, and then those who are blind to sin and proud and self-righteous in it, and who, whether they know it or not, live as enemies of God in word, thought and deed. We’re going to meet both of those people in our Scripture passage this morning so I’m going to invite you to turn in your Bibles with me, please, to the Gospel of Luke. Luke, chapter 7, beginning in verse 36. And as we hear the Word of God this day, consider seriously, which of those two categories that find yourself in, which group of people will you identify with? … Let’s begin in verse 36 …

“Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and 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. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

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