Amazing Love. How Can it Be?

Can you imagine loving Jesus so much that you would weep over Him, use your tears to wash His feet, and use your hair to dry them? That is exactly what happened to Jesus when He went to visit the home of a Pharisee. According to Luke 7:36-50, Jesus had been invited to one of the Pharisee’s homes to eat a meal. Jesus went into the home and reclined at the table with the Pharisee. Then a woman from the city came into the home. She was most likely a prostitute as she was described as very sinful and was not the type of woman the Pharisee thought should be hanging around Jesus.

The woman started weeping and crying. It must have been dramatic crying as her tears were many. She was moved by the Spirit of God and started to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears. She used her hair to dry His feet and then anointed his feet with alabaster ointment.

The Pharisee who saw this thought to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner” (Luke 7:39). Jesus said to the Pharisee, “Simon, A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Why is it that we do not see such great love today for our Savior, Jesus? Is our faith so weak that we have a low sense of obligation to the Lord? According to JC Ryle, “A low and feeble sense of sin will always produce a low and feeble sense of the value of salvation.”[1] The men and women who feel much forgiven are the ones who love much (cf. Luke 7:47).

If you have come to Christ but are lacking in a close relationship with Jesus, then you need to stop right now and pray and ask forgiveness of your sins. You then need to pick up your Bible and start reading it starting in the Book of John. Read at least one chapter each day and then pray for at least ten minutes.

Talking with God in prayer should consist of the following: According to Dave Earley, “Thanksgiving, Praise, Confession, Supplication, and Intersession. Thanksgiving means expressing gratitude to God for what He has done for you. Praise is worshipping God for who He is. Confession is agreeing with God that we are sinful and asking forgiveness for those sins. Supplication is asking God to provide for your needs. And Intersession is standing in the gap and praying for others.”[2]

Regardless of the problems we face today, giving everything to Christ Jesus means that you will trust Him. According to Ryle, “No problems, real or imagined, can dissuade the man or woman who loves Christ from obeying Him.”[3]

If you do not know Jesus, I would ask that you pray this simple pray to Him.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

I pray that your love for Jesus will be strengthened and that you will know the wonderful Good News of Jesus Christ, whose salvation and forgiveness surpasses all understanding.

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[1] JC Ryle, Daily Readings (Welwyn Garden City, UK: EP Books, 2020), 7 December, Morning.

[2] Dave Earley 28 Days to Powerful Prayer (Nashville, TN: Barbour Books, 2020), 16-18.

[3] Rlye, Daily Readings, 7 December, Morning.

Copyright December 7, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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