Let’s focus on extravagant worship, as you read the encounter in above Gospel story, the good news. I encourage you to take some consecrated time to meditate on the scripture and see yourself watching Jesus as He interacts with others around Him. Allow Him to speak to you a word bringing insight, life and divine focus to you!
Simon, as a Jewish religious leader, was disrespectful and dishonoring to Jesus. He didn’t supply water to wash His feet, which is so very refreshing in a hot, sticky climate on dusty and dirty roads. He didn’t even offer up a welcome kiss, as it was customary at that time.
Yet Jesus was unmoved and I could sense, He was not bothered by it. Jesus was not offended at all and He is such a great role model on how to live and how to conduct ourselves in any given moment and circumstance. Never give into an offense!
PURE LOVE ALWAYS LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY
1 Corinthians 13
As Simon completely ignored the appropriate “welcome gestures”, the woman on the other hand, was moved by the great love she has for Jesus and even risking punishment for entering a religious leader’s home and approaching and even touching Jesus, which was a “no-go” for a sinful woman in those days.
Her passionate love and immense gratitude for what Jesus had done, superseded all of that and she poured out her love on Him with her EXTRAVAGANT WORSHIP!
Jesus knew exactly what Simon was thinking in his heart and confronted him by giving him a word. But first Jesus told Simon that he had a word for him and as Simon agreed to hear it, Jesus proceeded to tell him a story about two debtors, who were forgiven their debts. One greater than the other…
Who would love the one releasing them from their debts more? Of course, the one with the greatest debt.
“You’re right,” replied Jesus to Simon’s answer, all the while focusing on the woman weeping at His feet, as a contrast to how Simon didn’t love on Jesus at all. She was doing what Simon didn’t bother to do. “From the moment she came into the house, she continuously washed and kissed my feet and she anointed my head and feet with her costly and finest anointing oil,” Jesus explained.
The woman demonstrated such extravagant love, because she has been forgiven of all her many sins. When Jesus told the woman all her sins are forgiven, the dinner guests questioned: “Who is the one who even forgives sin?” Again Jesus was not moved by their remark, instead He proceeded to tell the extravagant worshiper: “Your faith in me has given you life. Therefore, walk in the newness of life and the ways of peace.”
RELIGION VS. FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE
Religiously oriented people seem to always highlight the sins of others and forget that faith sees the glory of the ONE, who forgives, restores and heals. The One, who supplies pure faith, hope and love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 Amp
And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.
I would love to receive feedback on what you have encountered during your divine time with your Beloved…feel free to leave a comment below…
FOR HIS GLORY,
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