Moved to tears (Luke 7; James 5; Jonah 2; I Chronicles 15)

“And standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with ointment.”  Luke 7:38

This week, in America, we pause from our busy lives to give thanks for all we have.  Question, “What do you and I have to be thankful for?”

I want to take this weeks blogs and focus each day on the answer to this question.

In Luke 7 there is much to be thankful for:

  • Two miracles: servant healed, Vs:1-10; Son raised from the dead, Vs: 11-17.
  • Two encounters: Followers of John the Baptist, Vs: 18-35; Pharisee, Vs: 36-50.

It is to the last encounter that I want us to examine.

Jesus has been invited to have a meal with a Pharisee, who really does not love Jesus nor does he desire to be a follower of Jesus.  He has simply, “an enquiring mind.”

While at the meal, one who loved Jesus comes to show forth her love.  So great is her love that she is moved to tears!!!

The Pharisee was not moved.  He was so not moved that he even failed to give the common curtesy of providing a pan of water and a towel for Jesus to wash the road dust from his feet.  We even find him condemning Jesus for his encounter with the woman.

Question:  “When people see us, do they see us as people who are showering Jesus with love by the way we worship and by the way we witness?”

If this woman would have been in a worship service yesterday, she would have been moved to tears!  You ask, “Why?”

She loved Jesus because she understood the greatness of God’s love and sacrifice for her sin.

Shel loved Jesus because she had been forgiven by God and was now right with God through what Jesus was going to do on the cross.

As we approach Thanksgiving, do we have anything to be thankful for?  Could these things or should these things move us to tears?

Lets ask two people to give a testimony:

Jonah-“But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay, salvation belongs to the Lord.”  Jonah 2:9-10

James-“The Lord is compassionate and merciful.”  James 2:11

Now it is our turn to give testimony!!!  Let’s take to the streets and let’s take time as we sit down to eat to be moved to tears!!!

 

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