(The following is the introduction to the sermon of the same title)
Luke 7:36-50To a believer in Jesus, there is nothing more comfortingthan to know that one's sin is forgiven for Christ‘s namesake.Nothing is as important as knowing that life eternal is settledforever, secure in Christ by ifs finished work. this is “joyunspeakable and full of glory." Praise God, the peace ofChrist wrought by His blood is a precious and dear possessionof God's people.Our Scripture lesson today presents a tale of two sinners.The first sinner to whom we ere introduced is a highly regarded religious leader who is regarded highly by the community. The other is a women who is known for her sexual immoralities all over town - a lady of the night.Under the shabby veil of religion, this Pharisee dares sitin judgment over Christ, thinking himself worthy of thetask! "The town sinner,” on the other hand, did not presumeany personal righteousness. She threw herself into worshipand adoration of Christ, crying at His feet, confessing herwickedness in the presence of the Master.While dead religion provides lying comforts to the self-righteous, those who have experienced the true grace of Godin Christ have the love of God in their hearts. They have,in turn, much love for the One who has forgiven them much.The "Town Sinner" had no one in polite society to befriendher. She made her living being used by others as means toan end. Yet in Christ, she found a friend that stickscloser then a Brother. In Christ she found a treasure worthfar more than the costly ointment she carried in thealabaster box! A great sinner met the Great Savior-andher life would never be the same.
Jason K. Boothe is Pastor of Horizons Baptist Church of Piketon, Ohio. For
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