”But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
Remember the story about the Pharisee who asked Jesus to come to dinner in Luke 7? He didn’t wash Jesus’s feet. He didn’t kiss Jesus. He didn’t do anything to show affection for Jesus. Suddenly there’s this “woman of the street,” a prostitute, leaning over Jesus’s bare feet weeping. The tears are falling on his dirty feet, and she is taking her hair and washing Jesus’s feet. This is incredibly provocative. The Pharisee is bent out of shape and says: If you are a prophet, you would know what kind of woman this is, for she’s a sinner (Luke 7:39).
Jesus tells the Pharisee a story. A man had two debtors. One owed him N5,000,000. One owed him N5000. He forgave them both. Who will love him more? The Pharisee says, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt” as sampled from same Luke 7. Jesus furthered from verse 43, “You have judged rightly”. He says: When I came in here, you didn’t kiss me. You didn’t wash my feet. But from the time I came in, she has wept over my feet, washed them with her tears, wiped them with her hair — because she has been forgiven much.
The true love we have for Jesus, I believe, comes from being stunned by being loved by God (reciprocated), right? Sincerely, This love comes from being overwhelmed by the person of Jesus dying on our behalf and rising again, though we have no merit at all in ourselves..”but God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. When that grips you right there, then you will know it is essential to do/taste what it is to treasure Jesus, delight in Jesus, and be satisfied in Jesus, and of course- you wouldn’t like to let go of knowledge and grace of God, Jesus and His Holy Spirit that comforts you. Shalom!