Fore Giving

Gather aat the Rivere 001Painted here is a scene from Luke, where Mary Magdelene came to show her love and minister to Jesus. Through much of my life, I believed that she came as a reformed prostitute, and that she gained forgiveness at the hands of Jesus; that somehow there were levels of sin and potentially levels of forgiveness. I know that now to be inaccurate. What her sins may have been have little matter; that they may be large, small or many.  there are no levels of forgiveness. She had been forgiven prior to that encounter. That is why she made that visit and why the tears of gratitude upon finally meeting the Savior.

Forgiveness is absolute and can be ministered only by God Himself. Jesus implored on several occassions; “Father forgive”. He is the means by which it may be granted. We can therefore say that Mary’s uninvited visit that day spoke to a decision she had already made for complete surrender through Christ. John reminds us on 14/6; ” I am the way. and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”

When she arrived with perfumed oil in hand to pour upon His feet; the tears she shed were of joy and remembrance.  And, her wiping way of them with her hair was an act of gratitude for blessings already received. This was their first encounter. His response; “Your sins have been forgiven” are but a reminder. Her sins, grievous as they may have been, were not remembered; only that she “should go and sin no more”.

At a later time Jesus said, as in Luke 8:  “She was cleansed of seven demons”. Nothing was described or necessarily tied to that incident.

It was important to recognize that none of the customary recognitions; washing of the feet, a kiss or embrace, or anointing with oil were performed by Simon and the Pharasees. They were disturbed to behold the exchange between Jesus and Mary, who was considered to be unworthy, unclean and sinful. Jesus, however, brought their neglect to their attention and provided a parable to illustrate the point.

The story that He offered concerned two men who had owed money to a money lender. One owed five hundred denarii and the other fifty. Neither could pay him back so he cancelled both debts. This invited the question; Which of them would love the lender more. It was agreed “the one who had owed the most”. It was then when Jesus said to Mary;” Your sins have been forgiven… Go in peace.”

Simon’s problem was not so much his conduct, but his attitude. He believed, as did the Pharasees, themselves to be pious, but they had no idea of the meaning of forgiveness. That excluded them all from God’s grace.

Mary Magdelene, as we know, went on to be one of the most dominant characters in Jesus’ progression to the cross and afterwards. His resurrection and return to her as the first to see Him before His ascention speaks to that.

We all try to draw lessons from scripture; as it is the Words’ intent. We must understand that all forgiveness must be universal, permanent, absolute and unconditional. We can show every evidence of our spiritual nature in ceremony and posture, but if we think to gain God’s blessings without that understanding we will fall seriously, fatally short.

We cannot be judges or assign levels of sinfulness to others. We cannot cast the first stone in the light of our own sinfulness. What sins there may be are known only to our God and ourselves; They are not measured for forgiveness, but granted absolutely and equally.

The payment, the privilege ? Obedience, service, and testimony in exchange of everlasting grace…. and life. Such a deal.

About 4hispraise

I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.
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1 Response to Fore Giving

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Only the Almighty God could strike such a wondrous deal with the mite of a man. Thank You Lord!

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