OUR WORSHIP IS NOT PROOF OF OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
Luk 7: 36 Now one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table.
Luk 7: 37 Then when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus was dining at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfumed oil.
Luk 7: 38 As she stood behind him at his feet, crying, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfumed oil.
Luk 7: 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were really a prophet, he would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”
he would know
This Pharisee had invited Jesus for dinner. Perhaps he was curious about Jesus. Or, maybe he just wanted to get first-hand proof that he was demon driven. He didn’t plan on this sinful woman coming in and making such a fuss. He wanted to keep the riffraff out. But the woman’s presence was proof for the Pharisee that Jesus was an impostor. If he was really a prophet he would have been able to discern what kind of person she was.
The woman’s presence was proof that Jesus was who he said he was: God’s Son who came to save sinners. As much as we often try to make Christianity into a righteous boy’s club, incidents like this keep showing up in the Gospel narratives to remind us that it is not. Our worship of Jesus is not proof that we have become sanctified. It is acknowledgment that we need him.
LORD, thank you for accepting us by your grace.