I am in Millington, Tennessee visiting with my dear mother, my sister, brother, their spouses and children. We also will get to see Vicky's grandmother tomorrow. We are enjoying our time, but missing our church and it's dear people. Here is a thought for today:
JESUS KNEW!- In Luke 8, we have Jesus sitting at a meal, when a sinful lady (known by reputation) came in to anoint the feet of Jesus. Here is what the Pharisees said in verse 39: "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." The thing is... Jesus did know! Here is what Jesus knew: a) Her Brokenness- vs. 44 "but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head." The tears of repentance flowed out of her eyes and she used them to wash the feet of the Savior, and her hair to dry his feet. She was humble, broken, repentant,... everything we must be to stand in Christ's presence. Then notice b) Her Adoration- vs. 45 "but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.' What they would have been repulsed by, she gladly bent over to kiss and keep kissing the feet of Jesus. How much do we love Jesus? Would we be there continually kissing His feet? What a show of love and adoration. She loved the Savior.... shouldn't we. Oh to have such a humble love of our Savior that we are never too embarrassed to show Him and others our love! Then notice: c) Her Exaltation vs. 46 "but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment." We see that it was an alabaster box of ointment according to vs. 37 and other Scriptures tell us that it was very expensive. It was perfume that she might have used to ply her trade.... but she won't need it anymore! She is a new creation in Christ.... old things have passed away. She exalts the Savior by pouring this very expensive ointment on His feet. It is saying: "Thou art worthy!" It is giving Christ herself, and her best. Oh what lessons these Pharisees and us can learn by the heartfelt actions of a lady who loved the Savior. Let us have the same brokenness, adoration, and exaltation for our Savior!
Have a blessed day!
Pastor Mike Mutchler