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    FAILING to SEE OUR OWN SIN

    by David Wilkerson


    "One of the Pharisees asked [Jesus] to eat with him. And He went

    to the Pharisee´s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman

    in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the

    table in the Pharisee´s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant

    oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to

    wash his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her

    head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant

    oil" (Luke 7:36-38).


    Simon, this Pharisee, also invited a select group of religious leaders

    to join the supper table. It was clearly a religious gathering, made

    up of men who fancied themselves the holy men of their generation.

    Then a "woman of the city" crashed the scene and knelt at the feet

    of Jesus. She bathed his dusty feet with her tears and wiped them

    clean with her hair - something no decent woman of that day

    would have done in public. Finally, she opened an alabaster box

    and poured perfume on Jesus´ feet.


    The Pharisees were indignant, thinking, "How shameful! If Jesus

    were really a prophet sent from God, he would have known this

    woman is evil and stopped her." Indeed, Scripture says those

    were Simon´s exact thoughts (see Luke 7:39). Jesus read his

    thoughts and announced, "Simon, I have something to say to

    you" (7:40). Jesus told the story of the two debtors, one with a

    huge debt and one who owed less, who were freely forgiven by

    their creditor. Then the Lord pointed out Simon´s arrogance,

    judgmental spirit and lack of compassion. "Simon, you don´t

    see the depravity of your own heart. You judge this broken

    woman but fail to recognize that you need as much, or even more, mercy."


    Jesus showed the spirit of forgiveness and restoration in the

    Pharisee´s house that night when he turned to the woman and

    said, "Your sins are forgiven" (7:48). He came to befriend and

    restore the fallen, the friendless, those overtaken by sin, and

    he is saying to us today, "This is what my ministry is all about.

    Let me enlarge your heart to see hurting, broken people so that

    you may extend my mercy to them."
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