Our pastor this morning spoke on “Going as Jesus went”. He used the account of the woman who entered Simon’s house and washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, dried them with her hair and anointed them with precious ointment. We are all familiar with the event, but he brought out a point that I hadn’t considered before.
Luke 7:44 records that Jesus asked Simon
“Did you see this woman?”
Well of course Simon had seen the woman!
But Simon, did you SEE this WOMAN?
Simon had seen something that annoyed him. Simon was most likely outraged that such a woman would enter his house. Simon wondered about the Lord. Didn’t he KNOW what sort of a person she was?
“Simon, did you SEE this WOMAN?”
Did I fail my Lord in failing to offer a short time of companionship,
maybe a coffee break treat in the nearby café?
Did I at least give a listening ear, a word of encouragement,
a sense of HOPE in the One who is able to give her comfort?
Jesus says to us today:
“Do you see this woman?”
“Do you see this man?”
“Do you see this young person?”
“Do you see this couple?”
We need to go where Jesus went – to the needy – sharing His love and compassion and sharing the good news that IN HIM is found peace and fulfilment and the strength to face our problems.
Christ has no hands but our hands
To do His work today;
He has no feet but our feet
To lead men in His way;
He has no tongue but our tongue
To tell men how He died;
He has no help but our help
To bring them to His side.