[SW197] 08/07/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
If we understand the reality and extent of our sin and the availability and extent of God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we will love Him much! This is the very Good News of the gospel!
I am compelled by the love of God to speak of sin (Jeremiah 23:22) because all have sinned and lack the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
I have come to announce that God has the solution — Jesus Christ!
Text: Luke 7:36-50
What did the woman do?
She HEARD Jesus was in her city.
She CAME TO HIM. Why?
I believe she CAME TO HIM because she knew she was sinning and had heard that He heals and also forgives sin (see Matthew 9:2, the paralytic). She did not need physical healing, but healing of her relationship with God.
She CAME TO HIM intending to worship Him, because she brought an alabaster vial of perfume.
Thus, she HAD FAITH that He was God in the flesh, for only God is to be worshiped, and only God can forgive sin.
She WEPT. As He reclined, she stood at His feet, weeping tears of repentance and gratefulness.
She BROKE ALL THE RULES, letting her hair down in public, to wipe the tears that fell on His feet. With her brokenness, she honored Him.
She WORSHIPED EXTRAVAGANTLY, kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. Oh how beautiful are the feet of Him who brings Good News (Isaiah 52:7)!
Thus, she LOVED MUCH, largely, abundantly, greatly.
What did the Pharisee do?
He INVITED Jesus to come to dinner.
He did not welcome Jesus according to custom — there was no kiss on the cheek, no washing of feet, no anointing with oil.
He went out of his way NOT to worship Him.
He did not seek forgiveness.
He did not have faith.
He judged the woman, and he judged Jesus.
He did not weep.
He did not break all the rules.
He did not worship Him extravagantly.
He did not honor Christ.
Thus, he LOVED LITTLE (literally, his love was puny).
1. If we understand the reality and extent of our sin
2. And we understand the availability and extent of God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ
3. Then we love Christ much
I tell you the truth, a gospel preached with no sin and no repentance CANNOT cause you to respond to Jesus Christ by doing #3.
With that gospel, you will love little.
You might say, like the Pharisee, “I am a good person. I do good things. I obey the rules.”
You might even judge sinners by avoiding them. You might say, “Thank God, I am not like them” (see Luke 18:9ff).
You might even judge Jesus when He ministers to sinners. Why is He with THEM?
You might even judge Jesus when He sends someone to speak His truth to you. After all, if you have heard a gospel with no sin and no repentance, then no one has told you that He came to forgive you of your sins, if you repent.
You might even say, “You can’t be speaking for Jesus. He would never speak to me that way. He loves me just the way I am. We are buddies and the Father is my sugar daddy, giving me whatever I want.”
And so, you will love little, like the Pharisee, because you do not understand the reality and extent of your sin.
Who had faith?
Who was forgiven?
Who was saved?
Who went in peace?
The woman who loved much, because she understood the reality and extent of her sin and the availability and extent of God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Again, a gospel preached with no sin and no repentance CANNOT cause you to respond to Jesus Christ by loving Him much.
And what is more, a gospel preached without sin and repentance cannot bring you to the truth that Jesus will set you free from slavery to sin, by baptizing you in the Holy Spirit (John 8:31-36). Sin is not mentioned, repentance is not mentioned, and so you do not understand that you are a slave to sin.
But if you repent and ask His forgiveness for your sin, He will not only forgive you, but He will show you that He commands you to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4).
These also are commands, given by the Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul:
Romans 6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.
Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And the result will be inward holiness because the Holy Spirit dwells in you, large and in charge!
And you will be filled with the actual love of God, you will love Him with His love, and you will not struggle to obey Him, for your heart will be entirely His!
And He will shine forth from you, drawing people to Himself through His presence in you, so they, too may understand the extent of their sin, and the availability and extent of Gods forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and they will love Jesus Christ much!
Romans 10:14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”