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Two people having an encounter with Jesus

Luke 7:36-50, Howard Bilton, August 5, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Two people having an encounter with Jesus:
    • A Pharisee and a sinner
    • We are in this situation - whenever we come to the word of God or to worship God, we are having an encounter with Jesus Christ
    • It is the best place on earth to be - having an encounter with Jesus
    • But there are dangers
  • One seemingly righteous and one seemingly a sinner
    • Yet the tables were turned upside down

Simon the Pharisee

  • He invites Jesus to a meal but we don't the motive why?
    • What is our motive in coming to God?
    • What is the motive of our hearts? - God knows
    • The sinful woman - doing a remarkable thing (v37)
  • What was the effect on Simon?
    • He was judgmental
    • Jesus was receiving the worship of this unclean sinner
    • Does he see in Christ a Redeemer and Saviour?
    • Who do you see Jesus as?
  • Jesus
    • Sent by the Father
    • John 1:14
    • If Christ is the living God - this has implications
      • He is creator
      • He has made us
      • We are answerable to Him
      • He has died for sinners
  • Simon
    • He did not listened, he refused, he closed his heart
    • Is this not almost the default position of man?
    • Who is this Jesus?
  • Jesus
    • Responds to Simon 'I have something to say you'
      • The gospel ministry is of love and persuasion
      • Jesus takes us to one side
    • Shares a parable with Simon with an obvious answer
    • We as individuals have a massive debt towards God but cannot pay even one penny back
      • In Christ, we are forgiven
      • Those who are forgiven much are thankful much
  • Simon
    • Yet, Simon's response is grudging
      • How often are we like this?
      • What is our response to God?
      • What is our response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
    • The final response of his heart - v44
      • No kiss, no water, no anointing
      • The common things were not done
    • He is a Pharisee, a religious person, yet there is no response to Jesus
      • His life would appear different yet in reality is not
      • There is an emptiness in his life
    • Many people think they are okay before God, yet are far from Him
      • Would people identify us as different?
      • Are we serving God and loving God?

The sinful woman

  • No greater contrast
    • A woman we might turn away in embarrassment
    • Weeping over Jesus' feet - 'heart water'
    • She is touching the Saviour
    • She doesn't stop kissing His feet
    • She poured alabaster oil on His feet
  • Are we embarrassed about the love and devotion in some?
    • Example
    • Do we have a true devotion to Jesus Christ?
  • Her sins are forgiven - The climax of the story
    • How can Jesus say this?
    • By the amazing gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ alone has the power on earth to forgive sins to give us peace with God
    • Her faith has saved her (v50)
    • The human heart has not changed - we need our sins forgiven and to know peace with God
    • Col 1:19-20

Two dangers

  • If we continue in our present situation we face a hell for all eternity
  • There is a cost to following Christ
    • Yet it is worth it!



Sermon Passage:

Luke 7:36-50

36And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 37And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 40And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (KJV)


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