Saturday, April 2, 2011
This was a very sinful woman, and she was touching Jesus. Simon knew this. But what he didn't know, was that this was no ordinary Man. Jesus of Nazareth was without sin. He was tempted just as you and I are tempted, but He never sinned even once—not even with a lustful thought. He was morally perfect, in thought, word, and in deed. If you think I’m wrong, try and fault Him, and you will end up being the one who is at fault.
In the Book of Job, poor suffering Job cried out "I have made a covenant with my eyes; why should I then think on a maid?" What man doesn’t feel the power of lust grip his mind? Our eye may be pure, but our heart certainly isn’t. Many a man has destroyed his marriage because adultery began with a lustful look. The Bible says that it "brings forth" sin, and it certainly does. King David's adultery and murder began with a lust-filled look.
On another occasion, when the religious leaders upbraided Jesus for not washing His hands in a religious ritual before He ate, He said that it wasn’t what goes into the mouth that makes a man unclean, but what comes out:
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defileth not a man" (Matthew 15:18-20).
These sins come out of the heart of man—lust, adultery, fornication, etc. So whatever you do, don't become religious in an effort to overcome sin. Religion lets sin live within the heart. Repent and trust in Jesus Christ, and God will reckon all your sin as dead in Christ and He will give you the righteousness of Christ. That means that you will be clean in His sight on the Day of Judgment. And just like that immoral woman, the more you see your sins, the more you will love God and worship Him for His mercy.
EDIT: "It seems that this woman was a prostitute" changed to "this was a very sinful woman."
Posted by Ray Comfort on 4/02/2011 05:38:00 PM
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