#38 Our Gracious and Brilliant Lord
Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017Print
About The Mystery of Discipleship Series
Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Luke 7:39-43 ESV
Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, He would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he canceled the larger debt.” And He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Jesus is ever both gracious and brilliant. So Simon would understand and come with Jesus into His explanation of the woman’s passionate deed, He wrapped the issue inside a story. And then He let Simon draw the obvious conclusion himself. He entered the man’s own world with the story: the world of commerce and money. How He knows us! How He comes inside our frame of reference…
Simon had not spoken aloud his proud judgments of both the Lord and the woman. But Jesus addresses us by our thoughts and by our heart-values, not by actions or even words. It is our deep and hidden thinking He confronts because the heart is the origin of our true self. Jesus sees all things in direct opposition to human assessments, and He would transform our thoughts into His own astonishing views.