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Jesus Still Changes Lives (Luke 7:36-50)Gary McManus, March 13, 2016
Part of the Mercy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
March 13, 2016 The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Luke 7:36-50 (p. 1023 / p. 1035)
No penalty = mercy
Mercy is by definition UNDESERVED
How to cultivate mercy:
1.Pray for the person.
(at least once a day for four weeks)
Whatever needs to be forgiven. . .
mercy is letting go of that
“you owe me” idea.
(Matthew 5:44-5; Pastor likes the KJV here.)
See also Luke 6:28, Matthew 5:7.
Mercy exercise #2:
give more thought to your wrong doer.
Can you discern a reason or motivation
for their wrong doing?
[We don’t excuse them but have compassion.
Your offender may have been ignorant.
But Jesus forgave saying: (Luke 23:24)
Father, they don’t know what they are doing.]
Jesus didn’t come to change ALL things
in his lifetime but Jesus changed the most
fundamental problem humanity had.
Jesus changed the relationship humans had with
The woman is a problem for Simon the Pharisee.
She produces anxiety for Simon and raises concerns
for Simon about Jesus.
Then Jesus speaks to Simon; a parable.
It is about mercy. . .forgiveness. . .indebtedness,
two debtors. Jesus has two debtors in his story
and Jesus has two debtors next to him.
Notice the woman’s hair, tears and perfume.
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
What was the woman’s faith?
God could change people and
Jesus came with that message.
She believed that even SHE could
have a good relationship with God.
God was a God who could forgive.
the late General Robbie Risner, The Passing of the Night
Risner was a double recipient of the Air Force Cross.
POWs, faith in God, worship, prayer, the Lord’s Prayer
and forgiveness. Amen.
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36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 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 the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (ESV)