Our Lenten mid-week services are in full swing with our emphasis on the cross. The theme is based on this classic hymn, Beneath the Cross of Jesus. Listen to this closing line from the second verse “And from my contrite heart with tears, two wonders I confess; the wonders of thy glorious love and my unworthiness.” These two “wonders” are sin and grace. As we realize our sin we can more fully embrace God’s amazing grace. By participating in the Lenten journey we prepare ourselves more fully for Easter. This mixture of sin and grace or confession and forgiveness is a powerful emotional connection to the cross of Christ. When was the last time you connected in a profound way to Jesus?
In Luke 7:32-50, Jesus is at the house of a Pharisee named Simon. As Jesus and Simon are eating supper a women enters and begins washing Jesus feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair. She is a sinner and Simon condemns her. But Jesus forgives her all her sins. She experienced the profound mixture of sin and grace and it transformed her life. She was outside the religious community but granted forgiveness by the son of God. Jesus saw her contrite heart and blessed her with his gracious love. Sin and grace beneath the cross of Jesus. We worship an awesome God who loves us just as we are.