Have you lost all hope?

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September 30, 2012 by directorfsmwo

Recently in Sunday School our class was discussing the following passage: Luke 7:36-50 (NKJV)

36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”

40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”

And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

As I was sitting in class, a thought crossed my mind that this passage is not new to me and I was kind of bored of it.  Immediately afterward, something changed in me.  My thought process of the passage drifted away from the discussion on a path that had never occurred to me before and I would like to share that with you.  But first let me share with you who this woman is and why she had lost all hope (a little background).  It is thought by many that this woman is of “low report”, which means she has a bad reputation. In verse 39 the Pharisee states “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”  This woman is beyond hopeless, she is trapped in a lifestyle that covers her living expenses and she can’t escape this lifestyle because no one will help her because of the life she lives.  I would say that is pretty hopeless.  Then this woman hears stories about a man who gives hope to the hopeless.  She sees miracles performed and I’m sure she realizes that if she is ever going to have hope then she needs to get to this man.  So she goes to this man, Jesus.  What does she have to lose?  Some would say everything.  I say nothing because everyone who knew her saw her as nothing. I say she had nothing to lose and so much to gain by going.  I’m going to stop here for a minute and pause because there is a distinct difference in the emotions of women and men.  I believe it is hard for men to truly understand this women’s position on an emotional level.  As a woman, I understand her emotions behind this event.  Verse 37-38 shows this woman’s emotions in the physical form.  This woman knew in her heart that Jesus was different and that He would give her the hope that she so desperately needed.  She not only found hope in Jesus but she also discovered love in Him.  This woman who may never have been loved or may have never loved another, He was the first to show love to her.  The act of anointing ones feet with oil and washing them with your tears is not something that can be done halfheartedly.

If you find yourself hopeless today, know that you will only find hope in Jesus Christ, but you have to go to Him and seek Him with all your heart.  You have to believe that He is your only hope.  Verse 47: Jesus says, “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

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