06.21.2020 New Beginnings 2b – Deconstructing and Reconstructing our Faith and Religion

Mike’s message starts at 24:30 of https://vimeo.com/431218764 Full message at https://gracesummit.org/Messages/20200621 Jesus takes the actions of Simon – this Pharisee – and Simon – she did it right – and you did it wrong – Simon may have had verses…

06.21.2020 New Beginnings 2b - Deconstructing and Reconstructing our Faith and Religion

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Mike’s message starts at 24:30 of https://vimeo.com/431218764
Full message at https://gracesummit.org/Messages/20200621
Jesus takes the actions of Simon – this Pharisee – and Simon – she did it right – and you did it wrong – Simon may have had verses to support everything he did – but her actions were rebuking and teaching Simon! Be like her! And not like you!
These actions are transformative. Think of this woman – the first time she did her job in life – as she lay in bed that night and wept – and now those tears are tears of joy. Think of all these unholy kisses in this woman’s life – and now there is this holy kiss. And this perfume she is forsaking – she is pouring out on Jesus her old way of life and it is turning into sacrificial service. This is an example of discipleship at work.
47 “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Her sins are many – and she loves much.
You think you don’t have many sins – but you don’t understand love. You can’t love if you don’t understand forgiveness. We can’t love as we ought.
How do we view ourselves? The one with the less sin or the one with many? That is a problem – all of our sins are many – but they have been forgiven.
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
When we say go in peace, we are saying – Peace out! But that is not what He is saying – WHOLENESS – FULLY RESTORED – Fully remodeled! Like What Not to Wear – where they completely remodel the outside – but Jesus fully restores us on the inside!
What Jesus has done in her heart is being revealed to the world – and it all began with an understanding of God’s mercy – forgiveness, grace, and love . And all of our new beginnings must begin there.
To do that – we must be given the gospel – the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – his victory over sin and death.
Our old person dies – in baptism we are buried – and we are raised as this whole new person – because of the cross and resurrection of Jesus – and we are given a new identity – and the sinner becomes made in the image of God. We become whole on the inside – and live it out on the outside.
3 passages on forgiveness to help us begin anew and live forgiven:
Psalm 103:10
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Yay! That’s all you can say! Yay! We can’t make up for our sins, ever. Jesus, not because of us – but because of what Jesus did – He took our sins upon Himself – the ‘reward’ of our sins – so we don’t have to.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Our sins are gone in Christ – as far away as they can possibly be.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. 14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
Whatever our father-experience is – we know that our heavenly father is this way only.
Our son and daughter in law came up with our granddaughter – and a baby is helpless – we know their frame – that they are helpless – and what does that do? It creates enormous love in us for that which is helpless. Same with God – these people are helpless – they just sin – it is what they do! And it creates a love in Him for us.
Micah 7:18
18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love.
God delights in unchanging love!
19 He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.
Those sins are at the bottom of the deepest trench of the ocean – and no one can see them!
Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
Jesus transforms the color of our sin! Like if a carpet is stained, you always know that something is wrong – but not with Jesus’ transformation – we are completely cleaned.
3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. (Psalm 130:3)
We keep records of sin – and we allow them to determine our relationship with others based on the records we keep – the records we keep will determine our relationship.
Guilt and shame are great motivators, but they always fail. This story tells us that the only motivator is grace, mercy, love and God’s forgiveness.

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