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Sinners draw near and fear not

Luke 7 is filled with wonderful stories but none greater than the parable of the woman who comes into the house of Simon, the Pharisee, and begins to anoint Jesus’ feet - not only with costly ointment but with her own tears. Simon wonders how Jesus cannot know, if he is somebody, after all, that this woman is “a sinner,” which Jesus later acknowledges. Jesus commends her to Simon, the would-be righteous man, by recognizing her desire for healing. She weeps upon Jesus, she touches Jesus, and she anoints Jesus. She, who is a sinner, comes near to Jesus, touches Him, and he says, “Go, your sins are forgiven...your faith has made you well.” Honestly, it is the love of Jesus that makes her well.