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Are you grateful for the Grace that was given to you

Luke 7:41–44 NKJV
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.
Luke 7:41 NKJV
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
Luke 7:41 NKJV
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
Luke 7:36 NKJV
36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.
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Luke 7:41 NKJV
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
As we begin with this message this morning, let me ask a question
Have you ever noticed that regardless of how many people are up working at a job site, there will always be one that is seated?
I guess the highway department or street department gets the most attention when it comes to this.
You can drive up on a site and there will be 1 or 2 guys in the ditch or hole shoveling dirt while there are 6 to 8 leaning on shovels watching.
How many know that this world has way too many supervisors and not enough workers?
An easy transition would be to talk about the need for God’s people to get involved in the work and building of God’s Kingdom.
But most of you would see that coming from a mile away - however since you seen it coming, I’d hate for you to miss it.
Real Quick: we need some folks to rotate through the children ministry one Sunday morning or evening service a month.
Looking ahead, we will have 1 newborn and I fell that if we have the faith that God will supply That He will bring more families. We must be ready for the harvest or we will miss out. We cant wait until they are here to begin.
Don’t be one of those folks that lean on a shovel, watching - get involved in ministry.
Moving on, let’s take our Bibles and go to
Luke 7:36–50 NKJV
36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 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, 38 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. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” 41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Luke 7:36-50
Observation 1
HOW DID SHE GET IN THAT HOUSE AND TO WHERE JESUS WAS AT?
Now that may not be a big issue with you and in the light of all the stuff that is going on in the world - it isn’t that big a question.
BUT: this sinner, immoral woman somehow got in where she shouldn’t have been allowed.
this was the home of a Pharisee who was considered pure or holy in that day.
It is a question that may go unanswered, but it does bring up a question that I can answer about you and me here this morning.
We do serve a God who is holy. He is so holy that when Jesus, God’s Son, took on the sins of the world while on the cross - God had to turn His back.
Sin cannot dwell in God’s presence.
So how do you and I get in?
We hear so many people talking about going to heaven and living forever in the presence of this Holy God
how do we get in?
Ephesians 2:12–13 NKJV
12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.
13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
Hebrews 10:19 NKJV
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
You may have never thought about how an immoral woman in Jesus’ day got in - but I hope you’ve thought about how you’re going to get into the Father’s house.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus¡K
You may have never thought about how an immoral woman in Jesus’ day got in - but I hope you’ve thought about how you’re going to get into the Father’s house.
I assure you no one is going to slip by the guards at the door.
There will be no back door entrance.
You won’t just walk in to the Father’s house.
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The only way into the place is for your sins to be covered by the blood sacrifice made by God’s Son, Jesus.
Revelation 1:5 NKJV
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
How does a man who has lived a life filled with sin get into the Father’s House - by the shed blood of Jesus!
1 ¡KAll glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.
How does a man who has lived a life filled with sin get into the Father’s House - by the shed blood of Jesus!
How does a woman who has filled her life with the sins of this world get in - by the shed blood of Jesus!
How does a teenager who has given in to the pull of this world’s sinful pleasures - by the shed blood of Jesus!
We may not ever know how the woman in our Bible story got in that Pharisee’s house - but the only way you and I will get into God’s house will be through Jesus Christ.
OBSERVATION #2:
WHY WAS THIS WOMAN THE ONLY ONE ENGAGED IN WORSHIP?
Luke 7:37–38 NKJV
37 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, 38 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.
37 she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume.
38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
It appears to me that all the dinner guest are sitting around the table involved in small talk when this woman begins to worship - or expresses adoration to Jesus through tears and perfume.
Now many of us have been in a service where we were just enjoying the presence of the Lord when someone’s worship went extreme.
Now don’t go all holier than thou - there’s been that occasion when we’ve looked over and thought that expression of worship is way out there.
We weren’t judging or questioning their love for Jesus, we just wouldn’t have done it that same way they chose to.
Some where in this woman’s past she had encountered Jesus before. She has repented and turn away from her sinful life.
The scripture doesn’t tell us that Jesus spoke to her or did anyone else.
But someone did say something about her in their heart and mind and Jesus heard it.
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!"
40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. "Simon," he said to the Pharisee, "I have something to say to you." "Go ahead, Teacher," Simon replied.
Luke 7:39–43 NKJV
39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” 41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
41 Then Jesus told him this story: "A man loaned money to two people - 500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other.
42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?"
43 Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt." "That’s right," Jesus said.
I can only think of two reasons why this woman was the only one engaged in worship¡K
The room was filled with people who had never committed sins and were perfect, or
The room was filled with people who had forgotten the sins that had been forgiven.
This woman didn’t wait for someone else to start or lead the way.
She didn’t care if those in the room watched, mocked or joined her.
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She was concerned that her expression of worship was traditional or extreme.
The one thing I know is, Jesus tells a little story that leads me to believe that this woman had been forgiven of a great debt and she loved God with ALL her heart.
SO!
Are You Just Going To Sit There - and pretend that you’ve been perfect?
Are You Just Going To Sit There - and act like God hasn’t forgiven of a great debt?
OR!
Are you going to become actively engaged in the expression of your love for God?
This woman, who wasn’t invited and didn’t have a stellar reputation didn’t concern herself with the formality of the dinner party.
This woman, because great was the debt forgiven, honored the Lord with her love and worship.
Listen to the end of the story again!
42 Who do you suppose loved him more after that?"
43 Simon answered, I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt!
Observation 3
The Pharisee had not perceived his own sin as a great debt therefore he was unthankful
Romans 6:23 NKJV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All sin is equal in the since that whether you tell a white little lie or you are a prostitute the punishment for that sin is death
I can assure you there are churches that would usher this lady to a side room if she displayed that kind of worship in their service.
But my challenge to you today is this, we’ve been granted access because of God’s sacrifice. That sacrifice paid a mountain of debt created by sinful acts.
Don’5/t look down at others and their life of sin instead look into your own heart and be thankful for the sacrifice he gave.
Give Him praise like never before
Without his sacrifice with out his grace his mercy we all were destined for hell
Don’t find yourself just sitting around when God has done so much for you.
ARE YOU JUST GOING TO SIT THERE OR ARE YOU GOING TO EXPRESS YOUR LOVE FOR GOD?4
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