Dirty Jesus Part 4

January 4, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

Dirty Jesus Part 4

 

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

 

The perfect, holy God entered our dirty, broken world as one of us not to condemn, but to REDEEM.

 

Luke 7:36-43 36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.

 

Simon was a religious leader and possibly a leper (social OUTCAST).

37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.38 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.

39 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.”

 

At best Simon was self-righteous MISSING the heart of God by condemning.

 

Worst case, Simon was the judged, JUDGING someone else.

 

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

 

Jesus teaches God’s heart is to FORGIVE not condemn.

 

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.

47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

 

Jesus contrasts Simon’s self-righteous APATHY with the sinful woman’s repentance and great AFFECTION.

 

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

 

Jesus offers forgiveness to all through FAITH and REPENTANCE.

 

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

FAITH (trust, confidence) – You cannot have confidence, trust in God if you are not REPENTANT.

 

SAVED (GK: Sozo) –  to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction,  to make well, heal, restore to health

 

PEACE – (Gk: Eirene) – the Greek version of the Hebrew Shalom Wholeness, Completeness, Soundness, Stability, Wellness, Tranquility, Peace, Prosperity, Safety