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Online Worship Theme: Jar Breaker's Faith in Jesus

At times, a TV commercial attracts one's eyes and turns his desire unfulfilled.  He realizes his mind unsatisfied and seeks something better than what he has.  His lifestyle can't allow for rest in his mind and his desire never stops growing and centered on himself.  However we find a woman whose life always sought for others, ultimately placing her faith in Jesus Christ.  Today we reflect on the meaning of her faithful action worshiping God and singing His almighty power.

Worship in Prayer

Worship in Praise: I Sing the Almighty Power of God

Scripture - Luke 7:36-50

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.  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.

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”   “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

(From the NIV version of the Bible)

Biblical Reflection:

1. Worship with humility and love

(Matthew 4:10 ) Jesus said, "Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him."  This statement reminds us that worship comes before service.  At times, we find ourselves much involved in various tasks and quick to think that we serve the Lord.  The more we are involved, the more of us tends to be broken into many parts.  We don't even time to think about what we do and reflect on how we serve.  Jesus said, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing." (Luke 10:41-42 )  We are often hurried in doing things even before we reflect on who we are.  Jesus wants us to set aside part of our time to focus on him and worship him.  Worship him bringing  the jar of hunger for God and focus on him regaining strength and motivation.  The woman, a sinner and a jar breaker, brought an alabaster jar of costly perfume (offering) that she would need to live on; she stood behind him at Jesus' feet (humility); began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair (repentance); she continued kissing his feet (hunger/love) and anointing them with the costly perfume (honor).  She worshiped Jesus with offering, humility, repentance, love, and honor.  The host and many guests could distract her or make her feel uncomfortable, but nothing stopped or disturbed her worship for Jesus with hunger and love.  It appears a small scene, but its impact on life is great as we genuinely express hunger for God in worship and strive to live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus.

2. Place your faith in Jesus.

A prodigal son set faith on himself rather than on his earthly father and ultimately on the heavenly Father.  His desire was greater than his capacity to serve and deal with life.  He asked his father for his portion of the property of his father. So his father divided his property and gave its half to his second son.  He gathered all he had received and traveled to a distant country where he squandered all.  He thought he could have a good life alone on his way.  The son received a great deposit on himself, but spilled all of it and got himself lost.

Jesus recognizes all we do to worship him and to serve him at his feet in act of humility and care.  He acknowledges all those who might love him in worship.  At the same time, Jesus watches closely and cares more for those who love him in service.  The jar breaker served Jesus at the lowest place of service (at his feet) placing her faith in him that he would understand her struggle with life and lead her life.  She didn't know what might happen as she came and worshiped him, but she did all to the best she could when no one would welcome her to a dinner gathering.

3. Jesus needs more jar breakers.

Listen to the conversation between Jesus and the host, a Pharisee.  The host of the dinner saw her only as a sinner who was worthless and who shouldn't be there.  He even doubted and questioned Jesus' authority as the Savior who would know and forgive her sin.  Jesus asked the host, "Now which of them will love the creditor more?"  The host said, "I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt."  Jesus said to him, "You have judged rightly."  The woman, a jar breaker, was a sinner who showed love for Jesus in worship with humility and honor.  Jesus pointed the host to the truth  that she loved him more than him and anyone else.  This means that her many sins were forgiven.  "Therefore, ... her sins, which were many have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love.  But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little." (Luke 7:47 )  Jesus said to her, "Your faith saved you; go in peace." (Luke 7:50 )  She, a jar breaker, received something greater beyond her imagination, both forgiveness and peace as she worshiped with her best.

Do you love Jesus?  Do you have hunger for Jesus?  There is not much need for word, but acts of worship with humility and love.  Jesus is looking for more jar breakers who would show great love in worship and then service to invite people to him and to expand his kingdom.

Let us praise the Lord.  Jesus invites you to carry the alabaster jar of costly perfume, break open it, and spread his presence to more people around us near and far.  God is good!

Worship in Praise: We All Bow Down

Worship in Prayer

Benediction:

The Grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you as you strive to live a godly life.

Serve Jesus by serving other people in acts of kindness.  Amen.  God is good!

Paul Lee
CLJ Minister

 

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