„If this man where a prophet, he would know who is touching him. He would know what kind of woman she is. She is a sinner!“
Luke 7, 39
Jesus was invited over to a Pharisee called Simon. They were having lunch together when a woman came in and lurked behind Jesus. She anointed His feet with a precious oil, shed her tears onto His feet and dried them with her hair. Simon knew who this woman was. She was a well known prostitute. Therefore it surprised him that a prophet like Jesus would allow a woman like her to touch him; he himself wouldn’t have permitted it.
Simon has a very earthly way of seeing things, just like all humans do: we see merely the surface and consider the few things we really know about another. But Jesus sees much deeper.
We cannot see ourselves objectively, we tend to excuse our flaws and magnify the good. Just like we use photoshop to improve our looks and remove our flaws on Facebook.
When we look at people, we look at their appearance: Is their hair done? Did they shave today? Are there holes in their socks? Perhaps they haven’t washed in days? we know superficial facts about their profession, their family and many other things. But we never look into our own heart or into someone else‘s. Simon categorised the woman correctly. But he couldn’t see any deeper. He didn’t see her heart.
Jesus, however, looks much, much deeper into the very bottom of our hearts. HE can see the many wounds, the fear, the weaknesses, the rejection….HE sees it all.
HE does not excuse or play down our sins. HE knows that sins can destroy us. But HE looks at us with unlimited love. The way he says “yes“ to each and everyone is incomprehensible to us, but that’s what God is: HE loves you!
HE can see what’s destroying you and HE has a good future in mind for you. If only you could listen to Him! If only you could trust him entirely.
He said to Simon: “She showed great love to me, for her many sins were forgiven. What about you? What good did you do to me?“
If you want to love Jesus, let him reveal your sins to you. The worse they are the more grateful you will be for His forgiveness and love. If however your heart is cold towards Jesus, perhaps you have never seen yourself properly.
Thank you Jesus, for you can forgive all my wrongdoings. You forget them so readily and love me with no limits! Yes, Lord, I am amazed at Your love and I want to love You. I want to know everything about You, I want to talk to You constantly and do everything for You; – for You truly love me.