Everyone is sinful.
Each of us is born with the ability to sin and each of us use that ability.
When I go shopping I can easily recognize all sinners because everyone I see, everyone I talk to is a sinner.
And it takes one to know one!
Knowing that everyone I meet today or tomorrow is a sinner brings me to a story.
Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 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, 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. 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.” Luke 7:36-39
It doesn’t take a prophet to recognize that someone is a sinner. The Pharisee may not admit it but he faced one everyone morning in the bathroom mirror.
What the woman saw, and the Pharisee failed to see, was the forgiving love and compassion of Jesus.
The Pharisee saw someone famous to invite to his home.
She saw someone to invite into her life.
He saw a so-called prophet and perhaps had questions for Him.
She saw someone with answers for her.
He saw himself as righteous before God with no need of salvation.
She saw herself in great need of forgiveness and salvation.
He saw the woman as a dirty sinner.
She only saw Jesus.
Jesus saw God’s creation.
Jesus saw a sinful person.
He saw someone He cared for!
He saw someone in need of forgiveness!
He saw someone that needed grace.
He saw someone He would give His life for.
Jesus saw a Pharisee and a woman!
He also sees you and me!
Who will you look at today?
What will you see?