Focus on God
WHO IS THIS?

Everyone in this world has an opinion. Whether it's
about a sports team, a restaurant dish, or even the
weather, people have a point of view that invariably
someone will disagree with. Since most of us tire of
arguing, we tend to hang out with those who hold the
same beliefs that we do.

A beautiful story is recorded in Luke 7. It is set at a
meal in the house of a Pharisee named Simon. Jesus
Christ was invited and had accepted the invitation.
Before looking at what happened, let's remind
ourselves that Jesus and the Pharisees did not
generally see eye to eye. In fact, heated words were
often exchanged between them. The Pharisees tested
and plotted against Jesus (Matthew 12:14; 22:15) and
Jesus scolded the Pharisees about their legalistic and
uncaring practises (Matthew 23:13-33). However, on
the occasion in question, it was not so much what was
said as what was thought.

While Jesus and Simon were eating, a woman who was
known to be a sinner by everyone expressed
worship to  
Jesus in a most wonderful way. Without words, she
cleaned the feet of Jesus with her tears, wiped them
with her hair and anointed his feet with expensive
perfume.

Once again, without words, Simon the Pharisee thought,
“if this man were a prophet He would know who and
what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him,
that she is a sinner” (Luke 7:39). The fact is that Jesus
knew who the woman was. Speaking to Simon, Jesus
said, “I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been
forgiven, for she loved much” (Luke 7:47).

Along with Simon, the others who were present began to
say to themselves, “
Who is this man who even forgives
sins?” (Luke 7:49). In Luke 5:21, the Pharisees and
Scribes are said to have also reasoned “saying, who is
this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive
sins, but God alone?”

We can't argue with the fact that scripture makes it
clear that only God can really pardon sin, yet that is
what Jesus did for the notorious woman in Luke 7. She
expressed her
extravagant worship because she was
forgiven. No longer was she the one that others should
look down on. She was forgiven!  She didn't need to ask
the question, “who is this?", because she had
personally experienced the cleansing impact of his
words of forgiveness.  Was that not proof that he was
God?

We know little about this woman, but we know much
about Jesus Christ. Peter, a first hand observer of what
took place long after said to the high priest and
Sadducees, “the God of our fathers raised up Jesus
whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.
He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a
Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel and
forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these
things” (Acts 5:30-32).  Who better to understand the
life-changing forgiveness of Christ than Peter, who had
denied Jesus during his darkest days.

Who is this one who billions worship? It is Jesus Christ
the Son of God, the one who
forgives. I know. He
forgave me!
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