How Mourning Changes Others’ View of Us
Sinners loved Jesus. Well, at least the ones who were willing to admit they needed a healer loved Him. So did those who were estranged from the religious community because they were suffering from a chronic illness or just happened to have the wrong pedigree. When I say they loved Him, I am not referring to the obvious draw of Jesus’ miraculous power over disease, or even the attractiveness of His teaching. These things were good, but there was something else people came to see.
In Luke 7 we find a sinful woman in the home of a Pharisees named Simon anointing Jesus with an expensive perfume. As she poured her heart out before the Savior her tears fell on His feet, then she kissed His feet and wiped her tears away with her hair. Simon was shocked! He reasoned to himself if Jesus was truly a prophet He would know a sinner was touching Him. Jesus answered Simon with a parable about a money-lender who forgave two debtor; one a small amount and the other a large one. Jesus asked, “Now which of them will love him more?” Simon correctly discerned the one who had been forgiven more would love more. Jesus concluded, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:47).
This is why people flocked to Jesus: His ministry gushed forth grace. He was the Great Mourner. Somehow they knew. Somehow they always know when they are not going to be turned away in the name of religion. Real grace is a pure reflection of God’s heart and even the prospect of a painful restoration process can’t dissuade those who truly want to be healed.