To my mind, the transformation of the weeping woman (Luke 7) who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears is a clear demonstration of the power of divine love and forgiveness. Our King in His beauty is surely seen there. The change in the woman amazes and inspires me. But there is another person present who amazes me even more than that woman, though there’s certainly nothing inspiring about him. While this woman was completely taken with our Lord, Simon was completely unimpressed with Jesus. The woman went away wonderfully changed…Simon went on trudging and judging his way through life…unchanged and unimpressed. That’s amazing! It’s also very sad. Can you imagine the level of pride in Simon’s character (I don’t say heart, because I’m not sure he had one)? He actually looked down his nose at Jesus Christ and felt himself superior to Him. He said to himself, “If this man were even as much as a prophet, he would know what I know…that the woman touching him is a publicly known sinner.” She would certainly never have gotten away with coming into Simon’s presence, had Jesus not been there. And getting close enough to Simon for any human warmth to pass between them…? Impossible! The woman had eyes for seeing Jesus. Simon had eyes only for himself.
I remember reading about a couple of fellows (maybe a lot like me) whose education and training hadn’t brought them into much contact with the arts. They found themselves visiting an art museum. They would pass from one work of genius and skill to another and comment something like this…”That’s not so hot.” or “I don’t see what’s so good about this one.” And on and on they went, until finally the curator spoke up and said to them, “You should probably know that the works of art here are not on trial. The visitors are.”
I once was so thick…so self-absorbed…as to be basically unimpressed with the real Jesus Christ. LIkewise, I had little interest in those in whose hearts His likeness was visible and growing. I glibly thought myself just as good as them…wondered what all the fuss was about. I didn’t realize my surface judgments about others said much more about my pathetic heart than about those I targeted. Shame on me! Have you been there? Unimpressed with Jesus?! God forbid!
Maybe you’d have time to share with us…maybe you need to unload about a time when you did the Simon thing…or maybe you’d rather share with us one of your favorite reasons for being so impressed with our Lord Christ. Listen to me now, YOU are one of the reasons I am so impressed with Him. I see Him in your hearts as you share with me, and I am mighty greatful for the vision.