Kiss the Son – Part 2
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 2:12
Yesterday, we looked at the kiss of Judas, who went his own way and it led to destruction. There is another kiss in Jesus’ life, and this one shines as the ultimate example of how to “Kiss the Son”. The story is found in Luke 7:36-50:
“And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.”
It begins with a confession of our true nature. There is no fooling Jesus. We can’t show up like Judas tried to with his “Greetings, Rabbi!” and expect Jesus to not notice our hearts. There is no false humility when truly coming to Christ. If it is forgiveness and reconciliation that we seek, it must begin with a true and proper confession of who we really are. We are all like this woman…a sinner. But some of us differ from her at a very important point. She doesn’t try to hide. Every person in that room knew who she was…and she knew that they knew. It’s not that she doesn’t feel the weight of her sin. She can’t help but feel it. She has probably dealt with the looks and whispers from the people in that room for quite some time.
But she has Jesus in her sights…
…and she is willing to make a fool of herself to get to him.
She comes bearing costly gifts, her alabaster vial of perfume and her pride, and lays them at the feet of Jesus. She sees that Jesus’ feet still carry the dust and dirt from his journey, as the host did not provide water to wash his feet, so she serves her King, not in some high and lofty way that earns her the praise of men, but by quietly weeping and wiping the dirt and tears away with her hair. She kisses his feet and pours the perfume. Of all the “honored guests” in the room, she is the only one who tried to honor Jesus.
The whispers and accusations begin, saying all the things she’s heard before. And isn’t this always the voice of the enemy? The accusations that come when we realize our sin?
“I know who you really are…”
“You’re a sinner.”
“If people knew who you really are…”
“Do you think Jesus would actually forgive you?”
Responding to something that Simon, the host, said to himself (wait, Jesus knows our thoughts???? Uh-oh…), Jesus says:
“Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.”
The woman broke the rules of social etiquette to honor Jesus. Simon criticized Jesus and the woman for the incident while neglecting to show basic hospitality to the King of the universe. The woman laid down her pride and found herself under the protection of her Savior. Simon tried to keep his pride, but ended up watching it get destroyed by the Son.
“Blessed are all who take refuge in him”
When we finally lay down our pride, when we truly die to self, it is there that Jesus meets us. It is there that we find what we have really been searching for the entire time…peace. Jesus tells the crowd:
“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little…Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven…Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
The woman, who started off cowering and weeping at the feet of Jesus, is able to walk out of the room having been radically changed and completely forgiven. This is the crazy love that Jesus offers us freely. Sparing us the wrath we deserve and giving us the peace that we don’t. When we take refuge in him, it is only then that we find peace. It is because of him that we are truly blessed.
As we turn the page on Psalm 2, we look back and catch a glimpse of post-resurrection Jesus in all his power and glory, rescuing his people and crushing his enemies. In Acts 13:26-33, Paul is invited to speak by the rulers of the synagogue in Antioch. He tells the crowd:
“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you.”
Resurrected King Jesus is the fulfillment of Psalm 2.
Plot and scheme all you want, you kings and rulers. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the King that God has set on His holy mountain. The nations are his inheritance. The ends of the earth belong to him. Jesus will break and smash his enemies to pieces. Those who Kiss the Son are called blessed, for they safe with him. Those who haven’t are anything but safe…