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Have you ever heard the phrase come undone? We use it to refer to situations where everything suddenly seems to fall apart. We use it to describe a person’s loss of composure when they are upset or in a panic. There are times in our lives when the circumstances around us, and perhaps the peace within us, get knocked off of their axis. Few things are as disorienting as coming undone.

In Luke 7:18-50 we read about two different people who had come undone. The first one is John the Baptist, who sent two of his disciples to question Jesus. The second is a nameless woman who had “lived a sinful life” and showed up at the house of a Pharisee named Simon. It may seem strange to try to connect these two. Yet, there they sit in the Gospel of Luke, side by side.

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