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July 21, 2019
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Touching Lives with James Merritt

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  • James Merritt: It doesn't matter whether you've been
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  • married once or twice divorced.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're an alcoholic or a teetotaler.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're righteous or unrighteous.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you believe the book or you don't.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're religious or irreligious.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're good or bad.
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  • It doesn't matter.
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  • We are all equally in need of the grace of God.
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  • announcer: Teaching people everywhere who Jesus is,
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  • and why they need him.
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  • This is "Touching Lives" with James Merritt.
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  • James: Now, if you're a guest of ours today,
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  • we're in a series that we're calling, "Balanced",
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  • and the whole thesis of this series is simply this,
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  • in the Gospel of John, we read that Jesus was
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  • full of grace and truth.
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  • One of the things that brought people to Jesus and that almost,
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  • like a magnet, drew people to Jesus was,
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  • he was full of grace and truth.
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  • Now, the story begins, Luke 7, verse 36.
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  • "When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner
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  • with him, he went to the Pharisee's house
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  • and he reclined at the table."
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  • Now, the Pharisee is throwing a party,
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  • you're gonna see this in a moment 'cause there were
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  • a lot of guests that were invited to this party.
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  • Now, this is one of those deals that,
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  • you know, being an American like we are,
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  • when you read the Bible, I was saying this the other day.
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  • I was in a conference, I was preaching in.
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  • There is so much humor in the Bible that we just
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  • don't realize, we just miss.
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  • For example, we're reading here about a Pharisee
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  • that threw a party.
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  • That is an oxymoron.
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  • Okay, a Pharisee party is a contradiction.
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  • Pharisees were the fundamentalist of their day,
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  • okay?
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  • Pharisees never got a lot of sleep.
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  • You know why they didn't get a lot of sleep?
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  • They would stay up all night worrying that somebody somewhere
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  • was having fun.
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  • They just couldn't stand the thought of it.
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  • Pharisees today, they wouldn't have a TV in their house.
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  • They wouldn't go to movies.
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  • They wouldn't dance. They wouldn't play cards.
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  • They wouldn't listen to any music unless it
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  • was a hymn and it better be older than Moses.
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  • I mean, think about it.
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  • So, you're going to a Pharisee party?
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  • Yeah well, no DJ, no punch, no dancing.
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  • And remember, they're Jewish, no pigs in a blanket.
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  • Man, can't wait to go to that party, right?
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  • Well, the guest list was very impressive.
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  • Important men of the synagogue was gonna be there.
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  • The who's who of Jerusalem is going to be there.
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  • Simon, as we're gonna see, one of the leading Pharisees who
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  • threw this party, he knew this was gonna be one blowout gig.
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  • He knew the house was gonna be full.
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  • He knew people were gonna drop everything they had going,
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  • they were gonna clear their calendar to be at this party.
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  • You say, why?
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  • Because the headliner was Jesus, and word spread,
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  • Jesus is gonna be at this party.
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  • You talk about a tough ticket.
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  • Everybody wanted to get in and see this young,
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  • handsome Galilean who overnight, just like that,
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  • had the largest Twitter following in all of Israel.
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  • Everybody wanted to meet this man named Jesus.
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  • Everywhere he went, crowds would mob him,
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  • people would sit at his feet for hours and they would
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  • hang on every single word.
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  • And the word is out, "Hey, Jesus is going to Simon's house.
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  • Jesus is coming to the party."
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  • And I'm telling you, everybody wanted to get into this party,
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  • and it was gonna be one great party, except,
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  • it didn't turn out the way Simon thought
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  • it would turn out.
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  • It really didn't produce what Simon thought it would produce.
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  • And what you're about to read in this amazing story is a Jesus
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  • that was full of grace, and why grace is so amazing.
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  • Now, before I get into the message,
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  • let me just kind of full disclosure, fair warning.
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  • You better listen carefully because every one of us
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  • in this room, every one of us watching by TV,
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  • everyone watching on the internet right now,
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  • everyone at all of our campuses, those of you who are watching,
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  • or will be watching on TV or will be listening,
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  • you are in this story, you'll see why in a moment.
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  • We're gonna learn three things about grace.
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  • All right, number one, grace receives us in our sin.
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  • Grace receives us in our sin.
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  • Let me tell you kind of what's going on.
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  • Jesus has arrived, the party's going well,
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  • everybody's having a good time.
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  • Jesus is relaxed, everybody's relaxed.
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  • They're just chilling out.
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  • They were reclining on the floor eating because back in the day
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  • when you went to a party, you didn't sit at a table,
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  • you would recline on the floor.
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  • You would put your hand on, you know,
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  • your head in your hand like this on your,
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  • lean on your elbow, and that's how you would eat.
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  • Well, everybody's having a good time,
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  • everybody's relaxed.
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  • Of course, everybody's kind of listening to Jesus and looking
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  • at Jesus, and all of a sudden, the room goes deafly silent,
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  • all talking stops.
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  • And every eye in that room is focused on one thing that all
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  • of a sudden has made everybody extremely uncomfortable,
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  • except Jesus.
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  • Verse 37, "A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned
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  • that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house,
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  • so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.
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  • As she stood behind him at his feet weeping,
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  • she began to wet his feet with her tears.
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  • Then she wiped them with her hair,
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  • kissed them and poured perfume on them."
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  • Now, get the picture.
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  • This is a room filled with religious leaders.
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  • This is a room filled with biblical scholars.
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  • This is a room filled with churchgoers.
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  • There was enough self-righteousness in this room
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  • to sink a cruise ship, okay?
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  • And now, here's somebody that walks in, hey,
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  • she's not on the guest list.
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  • She didn't have a ticket. She breaks into the party.
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  • And what's even worse, she's a woman,
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  • but not just any woman because what she did
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  • and who she was made chins bounce off the floor.
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  • Because remember what we're told,
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  • Luke's very careful to be detailed here,
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  • "A woman in that town who lived a sinful life."
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  • Literally in the Greek language it says,
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  • "A woman who was a sinner."
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  • Oh yeah, we know what she was, right?
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  • She was a streetwalker.
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  • She was a prostitute.
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  • She was a call girl.
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  • And in every way imaginable she came
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  • from the wrong side of the tracks.
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  • She was the lowest of the low, socially, morally,
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  • ethically, spiritually.
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  • She was at the bottom of the barrel.
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  • You know, back in that day, the trifecta of evil and the
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  • trifecta of bad people, if you were either a tax collector,
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  • or a shepherd, or a prostitute, you are considered
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  • the lowest of the low.
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  • And if you happened to be a prostitute who collected taxes
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  • and had some sheep, you really hit the trifecta.
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  • So, this woman is a prostitute.
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  • Well, she may have been corrupt and she may have been carnal,
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  • but she wasn't a coward.
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  • Give her props.
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  • She walks into a lion's den of people who see her with nothing
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  • but disdain, 180 degrees different from what she is,
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  • and they're ready to eat her alive.
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  • But she had made up her mind, "Nothing's gonna keep me
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  • from Jesus.
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  • Nobody's gonna keep me from Jesus.
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  • I am coming into this house and I'm going to see Jesus."
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  • Everything this woman has ever been taught made her feel
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  • unwelcome, not just in this house,
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  • but she knows where she is.
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  • "I'm in the presence of a holy man.
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  • I'm in the presence of a prophet.
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  • I'm in the presence of a teacher."
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  • And nobody had to tell her who she was,
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  • she knew she was.
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  • Nobody had to tell her what she was,
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  • she knew what she was.
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  • And by the way, one thing you have to kind of realize
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  • in this story, it's really pretty obvious,
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  • you just have to assume this.
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  • It's really obvious, this woman had seen Jesus before.
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  • She had been around Jesus before.
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  • She had listened to Jesus before.
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  • She had watched Jesus before.
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  • And evidently, what he said and the way he said it,
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  • radically changed her life, so much to the point that
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  • she was willing even to be stoned, if that's what it took
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  • if she could just get to Jesus.
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  • I can just imagine the first time she ever heard Jesus speak,
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  • she encountered words she had never heard before.
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  • And though she didn't know what the word was,
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  • she knew it when she heard it.
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  • She heard it clearly, "grace."
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  • By now, Simon, oh, boy, he's hot.
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  • He has heard enough.
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  • He has seen enough.
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  • He's had enough.
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  • "How dare this streetwalker walk into my party with
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  • all of my honored guests and ruin the best party of the year.
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  • How dare she do that."
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  • So, listen to this, "When the Pharisee who had invited him
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  • saw this, he said to himself--"
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  • By the way, little help here.
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  • When you're around Jesus, you're never just talking to yourself,
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  • just a word, okay?
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  • He said to himself, "If this man were a prophet,
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  • he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman
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  • she is, that she is a sinner.
  • 00:09:34.250 --> 00:09:39.050
  • Now, what you're gonna about to see is Jesus was well aware
  • 00:09:39.060 --> 00:09:41.280
  • of who she was.
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  • Jesus knew exactly what she was.
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  • He knew exactly what kind of sinner she was.
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  • Can I tell you what's real tragic about this picture?
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  • Can I tell you what's wrong with this picture?
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  • Here's what was wrong, what was tragic is that Simon
  • 00:09:52.220 --> 00:09:57.080
  • didn't realize the real problem.
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  • You say, "Okay, what was the real problem?"
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  • You ready?
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  • Buckle your seatbelt, the problem was not that
  • 00:10:02.110 --> 00:10:07.140
  • she was a sinner and Jesus didn't know it.
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  • That wasn't the problem.
  • 00:10:10.130 --> 00:10:13.010
  • The problem was, he was a sinner and he didn't know it.
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  • That was the problem.
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  • Jesus knew she was a sinner, he didn't know he was a sinner.
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  • And that raises, this is where I'm gonna get a little
  • 00:10:24.170 --> 00:10:26.180
  • a little bit passionate just for a minute.
  • 00:10:26.190 --> 00:10:29.100
  • Why do we think, where do we get this idea that sin
  • 00:10:29.110 --> 00:10:34.010
  • disqualifies us from the grace of God?
  • 00:10:34.020 --> 00:10:37.110
  • Where did we ever come up with that idea?
  • 00:10:37.120 --> 00:10:40.270
  • Why is it that we would have a tendency,
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  • if somebody walked down the front of this church right now
  • 00:10:44.270 --> 00:10:46.270
  • and sat right on that front row right there and they weren't
  • 00:10:46.280 --> 00:10:52.010
  • dressed like we're dressed, or maybe hardly even dressed,
  • 00:10:52.020 --> 00:10:59.060
  • or they had everything from tattoos to earrings
  • 00:10:59.070 --> 00:11:01.130
  • or very obvious, their sexual orientation is not where most
  • 00:11:01.140 --> 00:11:05.180
  • of us is, why is it that some of us would have this
  • 00:11:05.190 --> 00:11:10.130
  • thought go through our mind, what are you doing here?
  • 00:11:10.140 --> 00:11:17.240
  • What is it about sin that we think disqualifies us
  • 00:11:17.250 --> 00:11:20.220
  • from the grace of God?
  • 00:11:20.230 --> 00:11:22.080
  • Can I give you just a little secret?
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  • Sin is the only thing that qualifies us
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  • for the grace of God.
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  • Can I be honest, even more honest,
  • 00:11:29.150 --> 00:11:30.260
  • I wish our church were filled with people that don't believe
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:33.250
  • what we believe, and don't see things the way we see them,
  • 00:11:33.260 --> 00:11:36.230
  • that think this Book is full of fairytales, and think hey,
  • 00:11:36.240 --> 00:11:39.190
  • "It's okay to live any way I want to.
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  • God's okay. I'm okay.
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  • We're all okay.
  • 00:11:42.210 --> 00:11:44.000
  • I don't believe what you believe.
  • 00:11:44.010 --> 00:11:45.100
  • I don't, this resurrection business,
  • 00:11:45.110 --> 00:11:46.200
  • I don't believe for a minute Jesus raised from the dead."
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  • You know what?
  • 00:11:49.160 --> 00:11:50.250
  • I wish our church was filled with those people,
  • 00:11:50.260 --> 00:11:53.040
  • that's who we're here for 'cause I want you to understand this,
  • 00:11:53.050 --> 00:11:56.100
  • you don't give up your sin and then receive God's grace.
  • 00:11:56.110 --> 00:11:59.240
  • You receive God's grace, and then he gives you
  • 00:11:59.250 --> 00:12:02.080
  • the power to give up your sin.
  • 00:12:02.090 --> 00:12:05.090
  • So, first of all, sin, a grace receives us in our sin.
  • 00:12:05.100 --> 00:12:09.140
  • She knew what she was when she walked in.
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  • Jesus knew what she was when she walked in.
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  • And Jesus said, "you're the reason I came to the party."
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  • Number two, grace rescues us from our sin,
  • 00:12:18.280 --> 00:12:25.110
  • doesn't just receive us in our sin.
  • 00:12:25.120 --> 00:12:27.010
  • It rescues us from our sin.
  • 00:12:27.020 --> 00:12:28.260
  • Now, Jesus tells us a story.
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  • We're gonna get back to the story in just a moment
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  • but first, let me tell you what he does.
  • 00:12:32.020 --> 00:12:33.150
  • He gives this scathing indictment of Simon, right?
  • 00:12:33.160 --> 00:12:36.120
  • I mean, Simon's in his mind.
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  • Simon's letting this prostitute have it.
  • 00:12:37.260 --> 00:12:39.250
  • Well, now Jesus is about to let Simon have it.
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  • You say, "Wait a minute, I thought he was full of grace."
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  • He is, but he just can't help himself.
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  • He's got truth, too. He just has to tell the truth.
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  • So, listen to what he says in verse 44.
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  • "Then he turned toward the woman--"
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  • Now, watch what Jesus does. This is really cool.
  • 00:12:54.260 --> 00:12:57.050
  • He knows what he's doing psychologically.
  • 00:12:57.060 --> 00:12:58.240
  • He turns to the woman, but he's talking to Simon, right?
  • 00:12:58.250 --> 00:13:02.250
  • That's pretty cool, right?
  • 00:13:02.260 --> 00:13:04.050
  • He's looking at the woman, but he's talking to Simon.
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  • You see this woman?
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  • You know what Simon's saying?
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  • "Yeah, I see her."
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  • "I came into your house.
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  • And you didn't give me any water for my feet,
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  • but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them
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  • with her hair.
  • 00:13:21.180 --> 00:13:24.080
  • You did not give me a kiss, but this woman,
  • 00:13:24.090 --> 00:13:26.150
  • from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.
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  • You didn't put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume
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  • on my feet."
  • 00:13:32.280 --> 00:13:34.290
  • Now, what Jesus just did is just called Simon on the carpet.
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  • And you may not understand how he did that,
  • 00:13:39.090 --> 00:13:41.080
  • but it's really kind of easy.
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  • If you go back to the culture of that day, which by the way,
  • 00:13:42.190 --> 00:13:44.240
  • is still carried over in the Middle East today.
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  • I've been to the Middle East many, many times,
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  • as you know.
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  • I'm going back to Israel next year.
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  • You see it every time you go over there.
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  • In the Middle East, hospitality is a big deal, a big deal.
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  • In the East, in the Middle East, you have a cultural
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  • responsibility to accept a stranger into your house.
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  • You have a cultural responsibility to feed
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  • that stranger.
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  • You have a cultural responsibility to house
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  • that stranger if that stranger has no place to go.
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  • They knew all about southern hospitality long before
  • 00:14:11.170 --> 00:14:14.180
  • there was a south, they understood it.
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  • So, see here's what's going on, there is a tension in the room,
  • 00:14:17.180 --> 00:14:20.200
  • not just because of what has happened,
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  • but because of what had not happened.
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  • 'Cause let me take you back, Jesus walks to the doorstep
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  • of the house, he knocks on the door,
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  • Simon invites them into his house.
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  • Now, when Jesus entered that house,
  • 00:14:31.230 --> 00:14:34.040
  • all the traditional courtesies of any guest
  • 00:14:34.050 --> 00:14:36.250
  • you would expect didn't happen.
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  • For example, the customary greeting when a guest of honor
  • 00:14:38.160 --> 00:14:42.120
  • comes into your house and you've invited them,
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  • the customary greeting is, you give them a kiss
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  • on one or both cheeks.
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  • If you don't kiss them on one or both cheeks,
  • 00:14:50.010 --> 00:14:51.190
  • what you're saying in effect is, "I'm gonna ignore you."
  • 00:14:51.200 --> 00:14:54.270
  • Then the guests would be seated on stools around
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  • a U-shaped couch and before a meal was eaten,
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  • the hands had to be washed, and the feet had to be washed
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  • with a mixture of water and olive oil.
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  • Now, to honor your guests, if you really wanted to honor
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  • your guests, you would wash their feet yourself
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  • and you'd wash their hands yourself.
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  • But if you felt like you were too good for that,
  • 00:15:11.150 --> 00:15:13.040
  • you'd have one of the servants come and wash their feet and
  • 00:15:13.050 --> 00:15:15.260
  • wash their hands, and you had to do that before you ate
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  • because if you didn't do that before you ate,
  • 00:15:18.160 --> 00:15:20.170
  • you were eating a meal with unclean hands,
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  • and you would be therefore considered unclean.
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  • But there was no washing of Jesus's feet,
  • 00:15:30.210 --> 00:15:34.080
  • and nobody'd washed his hands, and nobody'd given him a kiss,
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:39.290
  • and nobody had poured perfume on his feet.
  • 00:15:40.000 --> 00:15:43.060
  • And then Jesus says these stinging words to Simon.
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  • I mean, you talk about cutting a guy,
  • 00:15:47.140 --> 00:15:48.270
  • Jesus knew how to do it just like that.
  • 00:15:48.280 --> 00:15:51.090
  • Listen what he says, "Therefore, I tell you,
  • 00:15:51.100 --> 00:15:54.230
  • her many sins have been forgiven-as her great love
  • 00:15:54.240 --> 00:15:57.250
  • has shown.
  • 00:15:57.260 --> 00:15:59.050
  • But whoever has been forgiven little," you, "loves little."
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  • Now, this is so, this is so important.
  • 00:16:09.010 --> 00:16:12.010
  • She didn't wash his feet, and she didn't anoint him
  • 00:16:12.020 --> 00:16:15.140
  • with perfume, and she did not kiss his feet hoping
  • 00:16:15.150 --> 00:16:19.020
  • to receive forgiveness.
  • 00:16:19.030 --> 00:16:20.260
  • It was the other way around.
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  • Because she hadn't been forgiven,
  • 00:16:22.070 --> 00:16:24.050
  • that's why she washed his feet, and kissed his feet,
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  • and anointed him with perfume.
  • 00:16:27.100 --> 00:16:29.040
  • No, she didn't know the word "grace."
  • 00:16:29.050 --> 00:16:31.180
  • If you'd walked up to her and said,
  • 00:16:31.190 --> 00:16:32.280
  • "Hey, don't you just love grace?"
  • 00:16:32.290 --> 00:16:35.040
  • She'd have said, "What is grace?"
  • 00:16:35.050 --> 00:16:38.280
  • But then if you just pointed to Jesus, she said,
  • 00:16:38.290 --> 00:16:40.180
  • "Oh, that's grace."
  • 00:16:40.190 --> 00:16:44.070
  • And then the mic drops with Jesus's next words.
  • 00:16:44.080 --> 00:16:48.080
  • Then Jesus said, "Your sins are forgiven."
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  • Simple four-word statement, but an eternal life changer.
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  • Question, you think that street-walking prostitute
  • 00:17:00.110 --> 00:17:06.000
  • ever dreamed she'd hear those words from anybody?
  • 00:17:06.010 --> 00:17:10.200
  • And yet, she not only heard these words,
  • 00:17:10.210 --> 00:17:13.160
  • but for the first time in her life,
  • 00:17:13.170 --> 00:17:15.050
  • she heard it from the only one in the universe
  • 00:17:15.060 --> 00:17:17.260
  • that could mean it and make it stick.
  • 00:17:17.270 --> 00:17:21.050
  • "Lady, when I say your sins are forgiven,
  • 00:17:21.060 --> 00:17:23.240
  • take it to the bank, your sins are forgiven."
  • 00:17:23.250 --> 00:17:28.130
  • That's what grace does.
  • 00:17:28.140 --> 00:17:29.260
  • It doesn't just receive us in our sin,
  • 00:17:29.270 --> 00:17:32.030
  • it rescues us from our sin.
  • 00:17:32.040 --> 00:17:34.150
  • So, whenever you hear those words ever spoken,
  • 00:17:34.160 --> 00:17:36.240
  • "Your sins are forgiven," that's grace doing the talking.
  • 00:17:36.250 --> 00:17:41.060
  • So, what does grace do?
  • 00:17:41.070 --> 00:17:42.220
  • It receives us in our sin.
  • 00:17:42.230 --> 00:17:44.040
  • You come just like you are.
  • 00:17:44.050 --> 00:17:46.070
  • It rescues us from our sin, your sins are forgiven.
  • 00:17:46.080 --> 00:17:50.120
  • But then what's this last thing?
  • 00:17:50.130 --> 00:17:52.090
  • Grace releases us from our sin.
  • 00:17:52.100 --> 00:17:55.220
  • Now, this is where the story really gets good.
  • 00:17:55.230 --> 00:17:58.110
  • See, Jesus told a parable to Simon 'cause he knew
  • 00:17:58.120 --> 00:18:01.040
  • Simon didn't quite get what was going on.
  • 00:18:01.050 --> 00:18:03.030
  • And whenever Jesus wanted to make a point,
  • 00:18:03.040 --> 00:18:04.190
  • he loved to tell stories.
  • 00:18:04.200 --> 00:18:06.000
  • So, he tells the story.
  • 00:18:06.010 --> 00:18:07.120
  • Now, Simon doesn't realize it, but the story is actually
  • 00:18:07.130 --> 00:18:10.020
  • a sledgehammer's going up the side of the head.
  • 00:18:10.030 --> 00:18:12.120
  • He doesn't even know what's hit him till he tells the story.
  • 00:18:12.130 --> 00:18:14.260
  • But Jesus tells this story, you know why?
  • 00:18:14.270 --> 00:18:17.020
  • What he was saying to Simon was,
  • 00:18:17.030 --> 00:18:18.160
  • "Simon, you've tried to put me in my place.
  • 00:18:18.170 --> 00:18:21.120
  • I'm gonna put you in your place."
  • 00:18:21.130 --> 00:18:23.190
  • So, he tells this story.
  • 00:18:23.200 --> 00:18:25.200
  • "Jesus answered him, 'Simon, I have something to tell you.'"
  • 00:18:25.210 --> 00:18:30.240
  • By the way, whenever Jesus says, "I have something to tell you,"
  • 00:18:30.250 --> 00:18:36.040
  • you better buckle up.
  • 00:18:36.050 --> 00:18:38.140
  • "'I have something to tell you.'
  • 00:18:38.150 --> 00:18:40.010
  • 'Tell me, Teacher,' He said.
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  • 'Two people owed money to a certain moneylender.
  • 00:18:42.200 --> 00:18:46.110
  • One owed him five hundred denari and the other fifty.
  • 00:18:46.120 --> 00:18:51.000
  • Neither of them had the money to pay him back so he forgave
  • 00:18:51.010 --> 00:18:55.000
  • the debts of both.'"
  • 00:18:55.010 --> 00:18:56.100
  • Now, Jesus asked a very simple question, right?
  • 00:18:56.110 --> 00:18:58.160
  • Now, which of them will love him more?
  • 00:18:58.170 --> 00:19:03.090
  • Let me stop right there.
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  • Let's say we don't read the rest of the verse.
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  • Does everybody--can everybody answer that question?
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  • Everybody get that?
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:10.020
  • That's an easy answer, right?
  • 00:19:10.030 --> 00:19:11.120
  • That's not hard.
  • 00:19:11.130 --> 00:19:13.020
  • Simon though, this is killing him.
  • 00:19:13.030 --> 00:19:16.020
  • I want you to notice what he says,
  • 00:19:16.030 --> 00:19:17.120
  • it's another funny part of the story.
  • 00:19:17.130 --> 00:19:18.220
  • "Simon says, 'I suppose--'"
  • 00:19:18.230 --> 00:19:23.210
  • No moron, you don't suppose anything.
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  • You know the answer.
  • 00:19:25.230 --> 00:19:27.260
  • "'The one who had the bigger debt forgiven.'
  • 00:19:27.270 --> 00:19:31.020
  • 'You have judged correctly,' Jesus said."
  • 00:19:31.030 --> 00:19:35.020
  • The story's very simple.
  • 00:19:35.030 --> 00:19:36.130
  • You got two men, they both owed debts to this moneylender.
  • 00:19:36.140 --> 00:19:39.170
  • One man owes ten times what the other man owes,
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:42.220
  • but the one thing they have in common is,
  • 00:19:42.230 --> 00:19:44.130
  • neither one could pay off their debt.
  • 00:19:44.140 --> 00:19:47.030
  • Now, what Jesus was saying to Simon then is what Jesus
  • 00:19:47.040 --> 00:19:49.250
  • is saying to all of us now.
  • 00:19:49.260 --> 00:19:51.180
  • There may be people out there that we think are ten times
  • 00:19:51.190 --> 00:19:55.080
  • worse than we are, and there may be people out there that deep
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:59.060
  • down we think we are ten times better than they are.
  • 00:19:59.070 --> 00:20:03.020
  • Here's the sobering news, the fact of the matter is,
  • 00:20:03.030 --> 00:20:05.290
  • we're all sinners, and we are all spiritually bankrupt.
  • 00:20:06.000 --> 00:20:11.220
  • We all owe a sin debt we can never pay off,
  • 00:20:11.230 --> 00:20:15.160
  • so it doesn't matter whether you're a pope,
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:17.130
  • or a pastor, or a prostitute, or pornographer,
  • 00:20:17.140 --> 00:20:20.130
  • when it comes to sin, we're all dead broke.
  • 00:20:20.140 --> 00:20:23.200
  • We're all bankrupt.
  • 00:20:23.210 --> 00:20:25.040
  • All of your baptismal certificates,
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:26.200
  • and your tithing envelopes, and your church attendance,
  • 00:20:26.210 --> 00:20:29.030
  • and your good deeds, and you're giving to charity,
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:31.050
  • all of that stuff put together can't pay off one iota
  • 00:20:31.060 --> 00:20:34.230
  • of one fraction, of one scintilla, of one sin.
  • 00:20:34.240 --> 00:20:37.110
  • We're broke.
  • 00:20:37.120 --> 00:20:39.050
  • We're all in the same boat.
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:41.080
  • The problem was, the prostitute could see her sin,
  • 00:20:41.090 --> 00:20:47.000
  • but the Pharisee couldn't see his.
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:51.130
  • See, when she looked in the mirror,
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  • she saw how sinful she was.
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  • But when he looked in the mirror,
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  • he saw how good he thought he was.
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  • It is only when you see your goodness is worthless
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  • that you will see God's grace is priceless.
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  • You'll never see how great a Savior Jesus is,
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  • till you see how great a sinner you are?
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  • So, wrap this up.
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  • What's the next step?
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  • "Okay, pastor, in light of what you just said to me,
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  • how can I apply this to my life?
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  • How can this make a difference beginning today?
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  • How can this really make a practical difference
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  • in my life?"
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  • Okay, here's what I'm gonna encourage you to do,
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  • this is your assignment.
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  • Just today, don't worry about tomorrow, just today.
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  • I want to encourage you to take a moment and start seeing
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  • the world as if your eyes were filled with grace.
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  • Now, you say, "Okay, what will happen if I do that?"
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  • If I say, okay, I'm gonna start seeing the whole world
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  • with eyes filled with grace, what will be different?
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  • Here's what will happen guarantee it,
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  • when you begin to look at the world with eyes full of grace,
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  • you will start seeing three things differently than maybe
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  • you've ever seen them before.
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  • Number one, you will see yourself the way you really are,
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  • which is just like everybody else, a sinner in need of grace.
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  • Number two, you will see other people the way they really are.
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  • You know why?
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  • They're no worse than you are and they're no better
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  • than you are.
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  • They're just like you, sinners in need of grace.
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  • And then you'll see Jesus the way he really is,
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  • always full of grace that we all fully need.
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  • Now, listen to how the story concludes.
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  • "The other guests began to say among themselves,
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  • 'Who is this? Who is this masked man?
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  • Who is this who even forgives sins?"
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  • Now, look at what Jesus does, he doesn't even answer them.
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  • He doesn't even fool with them.
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  • "He says to the woman, 'Your faith has saved you,
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  • go in peace.'"
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  • Now, listen up and we're done.
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  • If I haven't offended anybody yet,
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  • let me give it one more shot.
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  • What Jesus is teaching us today is this,
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  • whether you're a lawmaker, or a lawbreaker,
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  • you are equally in need of the grace of God.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're a liberal or a conservative.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're gay or straight.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're a Democrat or Republican.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're in the majority or minority.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you've been married once
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  • or twice divorced.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're an alcoholic or a teetotaler.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're righteous or unrighteous.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you believe the Book or you don't.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're religious or irreligious.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you're good or bad.
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  • It doesn't matter.
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  • We are all equally in need of the grace of God,
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  • every one of us.
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  • Now, here's the last thing and I'm gonna have
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  • a little fun here, since I'm the pastor, I get to do this.
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  • We're never told what this woman's name is.
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  • I don't know what it was, you don't know what it was.
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  • So, I'm gonna give you my theory.
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  • I don't know that I'm right, but if I were a betting man,
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  • I'd bet, Jack, your salary that I'm right.
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  • I don't know what this woman's name was before she met Jesus,
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  • but I got a strong feeling what people called her
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  • after she met Jesus.
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  • Anybody want to take a clue what you think they called her?
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  • Grace.
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  • announcer: To watch an extended version
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  • of today's teaching message with Dr. James Merritt,
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  • go to touchinglives.org.
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  • in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee,
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  • for the 2019 Mountain Top Conference.
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  • Hear powerful preaching from Dr. Merritt,
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  • great music from the Cathedrals Family Reunion
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  • and the Booth Brothers, and side-splitting comedy
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  • from the one and only Tim Lovelace.
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  • Also, this year's program includes and encouraging message
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  • from special guest Ron Walters.
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  • Stampede Dinner Show, the Smoky Mountain Opry,
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  • and a day pass to Dollywood.
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  • as you will leave relaxed, refreshed, and renewed after
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  • spending time in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
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  • or by calling 800-309-0816.
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  • James: You know, there's a lot of great words in the Bible,
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  • but I'll tell you one that's right up there probably
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  • right next to Jesus, and it's the word "grace."
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  • You may be surprised to learn the word "grace" only appears
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  • four times in the Bible, and Jesus never is quoted
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  • using the word.
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  • But you also may need to understand,
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  • if you read the Bible at all, how Jesus oozed grace and
  • 00:26:26.080 --> 00:26:29.070
  • displayed the characteristics of grace over and over and over.
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  • It was grace that called a tax collector
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  • to become a disciple of Jesus.
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  • It was grace that brought a sinful woman to weep
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  • at the feet of Jesus.
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  • It was grace that raised Lazarus from the dead.
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  • We're in a series we're calling, "Balance" where we're studying
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  • how grace and truth must be balanced in our lives.
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  • The focus today was on grace as we learn how every person
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  • on the planet is in need of grace because grace helps us
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  • to see who we really are.
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  • We're sinners in desperate need of a Savior and the good news
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  • today is this, we have a Savior in Jesus who is ready
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  • to pour his grace on us.
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  • Next week, our focus is on truth so be sure to return
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  • as we continue in our series called "Balance" right here on,
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  • "Touching Lives."
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  • announcer: "Touching Lives," teaching people everywhere
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  • who Jesus is and why they need him.
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  • This program is sponsored by Touching Lives Ministries,
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  • and is made possible by the grace of God
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  • and your faithful prayers and gifts.
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