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Two people having an encounter with Jesus

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

Sermon Notes:


  • 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!

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