Week 36 1/15/2017
Title of drawing: "The Hospitality of Forgiveness" ( Luke 7:36-50)
I've heard it said that the opposite of beauty is not ugliness it's legalism. With pragmatic answers legalism starves the soul of expressive needs: the ability to grieve or the ability to celebrate. Art takes what legalism can devalue and instead reveals beauty leading us beyond just looking Art teaches us to see that intent is prior to content. The woman with the alabaster jar truly saw Jesus. Her response to the hospitality of forgiveness he offered was an act of worship and adoration that represented a broken and transformed heart. Jesus saw her too. What appeared as foolishness to the Pharisees Jesus recognized as faith.
She got it. She was accepted. And she reciprocated this loving acceptance by giving her best: an act of worship. Her recognition of Jesus's acceptance revealed his authority over her sin. Her love and worship declared Jesus to be worthy of all her honor. It was the evidence of her forgiveness. In remembrance of her brave act of worship I hope this drawing of an alabaster jar can ask us the question, "What is our response to God's forgiveness of our sins?"
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