One of these young ladies drew the attention of everyone in the parlor to the sailor looking in the window. Many smiled and some even giggled. The sailor mused as to what was of such interest to draw everyone’s attention to him. While pondering this, he thought that Americans were not uncommon in this city with a U.S. Naval Base and then he hit on the answer. He was 6’ 4”, and the window had been painted black, up to the height of his shoulder. He realized that he had seen very few of the Japanese people who could have looked into this window. What was so interesting and even amusing? It was a matter of prospective.
To him, being able to see in a window was normal, nothing interesting or funny. They, on the other hand, had not often seen anyone who was tall enough to see in, over the black painted area, and they were amused.
Luke 7:36-50 records the thoughts of a religious man and Jesus’ response to those thoughts. The man felt that because of his “religious standing “ that he was better than the woman who washed the feet of Jesus. Today we call this a “holier than thou” attitude. Jesus said in Luke 7:40-43, ... ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ And he replied, ‘Say it, Teacher.’ ‘A certain moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. Which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered and said, I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’ And He said to him, You have judged correctly.’”
This story implies that this man felt somewhat justified in the fact that he was not as bad a sinner as someone else. His perspective told him that “compared to that woman,” he was not so bad.
THE PROBLEM... he looked from the wrong perspective.
The man should have looked, correctly, at Christ, and he would have seen his own self as unworthy. Jesus led a pure, sinless life, and HE is the standard by which we shall be judged. “Better than” does not satisfy the Judgment. The blood of Christ was shed to wash away our sins. It is a free gift to all who would comply to God’s plan for salvation. All then, who are in Christ Jesus, are equal.
On your worst days, you are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And on your best days, you are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. It is the same with all of us.
This week give thanks to God for His gift and remember that no Christian is “better than” any other.