If Only He Knew
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Luke 7:39
How silly does this verse sound? Well to us, at the moment, it does because we know the story. We are reading it on a page so it is easy for us to read this verse and think it’s dumb for him to make this comment. Hello! He is Jesus Christ, of course he knew who this woman was, He knew her even before He created her. He knew her sinful profession, but He also knew that this was His daughter, He knew her heart and that it was full of repentance.
I want to focus on her heart and the message I believe is truly important on this day. I don’t want to focus on the Pharisee being disrespectful to his guest Jesus, and the fact that this woman did all the things that this man should have done for Jesus by having Him in his home. On the fact that God will never let His children be shamed by those who think highly of themselves. I don’t want to focus on that, I want to put the focus on this woman.
She is nameless, yet her story is in a book that has been translated in more than 300 languages. She is nameless yet we still remember her. She is nameless but what she did that day gave her many names. Her name is bravery because she went into the house of a Pharisee where she was not welcomed and could have been stoned to death. Her name was humble, because she brought what she had to the feet of the King, her pain, her repentance and that costly jar of perfume. Her name was thankfulness, because she was oh so thankful that He accepted her as she was. Her name was worthy because that is how Jesus saw her.
I tell you today that it is so silly for you to think that He does not know what you have done or what you have been. He knows you, he created you. I tell you today that this story being in the bible is not just because. This nameless woman is you, this nameless woman is me. I have sinned, I have hurt, I have been hurt, I have cried and have been bent over in pain. As you read this I want you to know that you do not need to be clean or perfect to come to the Father. You just need to come with repentance in your heart and that is what He will see. He will not grimace at your touch. He will welcome it and He will tell you, “ Get up you are forgiven.” Your forgiveness and healing will not come unless you take that gift that is being offered. Nothing will change until you come to Him. If only You knew that you can come as you are.