Jeremy Jernigan – Executive Pastor of Creative Arts
This weekend, we explored another prophetically themed passage in Luke, one where Jesus demonstrates that part of his role as a prophet is changing the way we view people. In Luke 7:36-50, we saw that an uncomfortably intimate encounter between Jesus and a prostitute served as a lesson for a religious leader that a love for others comes from the realization of what God has done for you. As we wrestle through some of the same judgments and labels that Simon does in this story, we realize that we have a long way to go before we see people the way Jesus sees them.
Here are the quotes that were used:
“Overcome by emotion, she washed Jesus’ feet with her own tears and dried them with her own hair before anointing his feet with expensive perfume. Taking one’s hair down in public was about as socially acceptable in their society as a woman taking off her shirt and drying off someone’s feet with nothing but her bra on would be in ours.” Michael Burns
“When God cannot get religious leaders to appreciate Christ, He will get harlots to do so.” Dr. H.C. Woodring
“From childhood, humans are adept in sorting people according to purported disgust properties. The odd, lonely, and weak on the playground become the ‘smelly,’ the ‘creepy,’ and the ‘disgusting.’” Richard Beck, Unclean
“The longer an Internet discussion goes on, the probability of a Hitler or Nazi reference approaches 100%” – Godwin’s law
The danger for people who have known Jesus for a long time is that typically, the longer you’ve been a Christian, the harder it is to keep a perspective of what God has done for you. In order to remind us, however, God puts people in our lives that are difficult to love with the challenge that every person that you struggle to love is a reminder for you to examine what God has done for you. Ultimately, once we’ve embraced what God has done for us, it should cause us to look for ways to show love to those around us.
Also, for a fun extra, here is Nick Pitera (the guy singing in the video I showed) doing three parts from Phantom of the Opera. Enjoy!