"Seest thou this woman?" - Luke 7:44.
My soul, look at this woman at the feet of Jesus; for thy Jesus bids
thee look, and gather instruction from the view, as well as the
Pharisee. Behold how she wept, how she washed the feet of Jesus, and
anointed them with ointment. These were sweet tokens of her love and
adoration. But were these the causes for which she obtained forgivings?
Oh, no. Read what the Lord said to her: "Thy faith hath saved thee."
Learn, then, my, soul, in what salvation lies. Love may bring ointment
to Jesus. Sorrow for sin, when grace is in the heart, will cause tears
to fall. But faith brings nothing, for it hath nothing: it casts itself
wholly upon Jesus. Amidst all its guilt, and fears, and tears, it is
Jesus only to whom faith looks; it is Jesus upon whom alone it depends.
It hath nothing to do with self; neither our own feelings, nor the
exercise of our graces. These are blessed evidences of the work of the
Lord upon the heart; but they are not, salvation. It is Jesus, all
precious, all glorious, all suitable Jesus! He is the One blessed
object of faith's joy and hope, and pursuit and desire. And, depend
upon it, thy God and Father in Christ Jesus, is more pleased, more
honoured, by this simple act of faith upon Jesus glorious person and
righteousness, than by all the tears in the world; when those tears
lead us to place a stress upon the effects of faith, instead of hanging
wholly upon the cause, in the glorious object, Jesus. Pause, my soul,
over this nice but proper distinction; and this will be to find comfort
always in Jesus, "Seest thou this woman?"