“When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them”
There a two ways in which we can respond to the words of God. We can treat them as information or as a pointer to the Living Word – our Lord and Saviour.
Jesus challenged the religious leaders for failing to recognise the true significance of the Scriptures.
- “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39-40)
On the other hand He recognised and applauded the woman who had not only been convicted by His words but had recognised that they pointed her to Him as the only source of her salvation.
- “Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48)
- “Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:50)
As important as the Scriptures are our salvation and new life do not lie in them but in the Lord Jesus Himself.
- “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)
- “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13)
The Scriptures are vital because they tell us of God and point us towards Him. But Forgiveness and Salvation, Life and Truth are found only in the Lord Himself. His words are powerful because He is powerful – and not by themselves. That is why prayer is so important – it connects us with Him!
Jesus called people to “Come to Me.” Be one who lives in His presence.
Lord God I thank You for Your word in Scripture. Please help me to learn from it but always to seek You the God of the Word. Amen.