Depth of Gratitude

I was watching The Chorus in class today and it moved me to tears.  I wasn’t a complete mess, but I was moved deeply.  The theme of forgiveness and gratitude came through very strongly.  The lead singer in the chorus is humbled and then accepted by the chorus master.

Forgiveness is such a powerful gift, but only to those who realise they need it.  To those who believe that they are good God’s forgiveness means little.  The underbelly of society and those who fret over their private lives are those who weep at forgiveness.  Of course, if those who thought they were good could see the ugliness of their self-righteousness they would know that they need much forgiveness.  Are you forgiven?  Does it move you?

Luke 7:36-50

 36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

 39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “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.”

 40Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
      “Tell me, teacher,” he said.

 41“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[d] and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

 43Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
      “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

 44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

 48Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

 49The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

 50Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Questions

  1. Who invited Jesus to a banquet?
  2. Who came forward and cleaned Jesus’ feet?
  3. How does Jesus explain the difference between the woman and his host?
  4. Do you identify with the woman or the host?  Why?
  5. How can an accurate view of your sin lead to a better relationship with Jesus?

Going Deeper

Here is the trailer for Les Choristes.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVtJgU6WTj8 

View the clip from Les Choristes.  Watch the boy by the pillar and see how his gratitude shows on his face when the conductor forgives him and includes him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQg-3wkzJ3s

Rent The Chorus, Les Choristes, and view it with subtitles.

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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3 Responses to Depth of Gratitude

  1. Marcus says:

    I’ve never seen “The Chorus,” but will now.

  2. Plymothian says:

    You should, Marcus. Maybe we should watch it together. My mother insists that she has not seen it.

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