Today, I was reading about Jesus. It’s the story of Jesus at a dinner. All four gospel writers record it. Perhaps you’ve heard it – or read it.
A woman comes in to the house where the dinner is held, obviously uninvited, and she opens a very expensive bottle of perfume and anoints Jesus with it.Most likely she is chastised. The Pharisees even chastise Jesus for allowing this to happen. The “righteous” guests have various reasons to criticize the action. They are self-righteous and think they know best – know more than Jesus. Jesus uses the situation to teach them about the forgiveness of sins. Paraphrased, it’s something like this: He who has been forgiven much loves Him much. He who has been forgiven little loves little. Then He tells the woman her sins are forgiven, her faith has saved her, and she is to go in peace.
It’s a marvelous story about forgiveness. About repentance. About redemption. You’re probably familiar with it. Perhaps like me, you’ve read it or heard it many times throughout your life. But today, as I read it – distraught by the sin openly flaunted around us, by the self-glorification and haughtiness displayed in this country and this world in which we live – one line stood out to me more than the others. One line I never really contemplated before. It is only found in Luke’s account (7:39). The sanctimonious, hypocritical man who had invited Jesus said it:
If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is – that she is a sinner.
He knew. Oh yes, Jesus knew.
It made me question: Who is touching me? And I ask you, Who is touching you?
Every day, we are approached, surrounded by, or we simply encounter a sinner – at work, at the grocery store, even on social media – one whose sins are not yet forgiven, one who is not yet saved, one who does not yet have the peace our Jesus offers. That person is touching you. And you know.
We must tell them about Jesus, the one who forgives sins, saves souls, and offers peace. We must tell them about the Jesus we have touched. The Jesus who saved us. The time is short.
We know. Oh yes, we know.
So I must be aware of who is touching me.
And I ask you, Who is touching you?
Further Reading: Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:36-50; John 12:1-8