“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little” [Luke 7:47]. This is Mary, sister of the famous Lazarus, who the Lord will later raise from the grave. She has just come to Simon’s house weeping and knelt sobbing behind the King of all kings. She has washed his feet with those tears, dried them with her own hair and kissed them in humility. She has anointed him with ointment. He has pointed out to those gathered, Simon the Pharisee most of all, that in her deep and many sins she has found herself defiled, hopelessly consumed in guilt and shame. There is much to forgive and she knows better than anyone how deep in condemnation she is. All the more she makes a wonderful example of the Lord’s lesson here.  To whom much is forgiven… TWO monumental elements are presented (1). There is much sin in her case and (2). She knows it and admits it and confesses it. Many through the ages have judged themselves clean and refused to admit their depravity and sin. We see this attitude of rebellion and arrogance more fully in Proverbs 30:20 “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness”. Such ones have what God called “a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed” [Jeremiah 3:3] {See also Zech 7:11-12} But not Mary, no! She knows her sins [Isaiah 59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;]. But it is not enough merely to know them. We see in her a precious gift – humility. She will not defy, deny, or justify her sins. She knows they are as black and corrupt as God has said. Kneeling there before the Son of God all she can do is weep and hope and confess in her heart the guilt and shame. But it is just this honesty that wins his hand of mercy. Turning to Simon he says “…her sins, which are many” *He knows them all. He will bear them for her upon the cross. He will suffer the punishment of God’s justifiable wrath for sin for her. We live in a world of self-justification. The opposite is required. We must not justify our sins but rather we must see their wickedness and in our hopeless condemnation kneel before God and confess ourselves sinners. Jesus continues speaking to Simon, who himself still does not understand. “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven”. Why does she love the Lord so much that she will kneel in tears and kiss his feet? Because she has been forgiven much. Some do not regard themselves as needing much forgiveness, they reckon their sins not so horrible or so many and as such they reckon forgiveness not so wonderful. They love little because in their estimation they’ve been forgiven little and this will be reflected in their walk and faithfulness. Is it so with you? Do you not see just how far down in the hopelessness of sin you were? Or rather, have you come trembling to stand behind the Lord and weep, knowing that you deserve no forgiveness and must cast yourself wholly upon mercy?  Come and join us at Calvary or visit us on the web at www.calvarybcpalestine.com  We’re across from the Pizza Hut on the loop. 903-729-5924.