With What Kind of Kiss?

In the previous post on Psalms 1 and 2, I concluded that, when read together, both emphasize the Lord will judge the wicked, but those who “kiss” (“pay homage to,” NASB) the Son will be blessed. Having meditated more on the idea of “kissing” the Son, I would like to point out two ways in which one may kiss the Son of God. This occurred to me over dinner as my wife and I were reading through Luke’s account of Jesus’ betrayal.

You can either kiss the Son like Judas:

“While he [Jesus] was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?'” (Luke 22:47-48).  

OR, you can kiss the Son like the woman of the city:

“And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he [Jesus] was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “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 from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven–for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” [Answer: THE SON, in whom we may take refuge!!] And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:37-50).

With what kind of kiss, therefore, do you come to the Son: a kiss of betrayal; or a kiss which pays homage to the Judge of the universe, who alone aquits the sinner?


2 Responses to “With What Kind of Kiss?”

  1. Brandon Says:

    Did you see the post on Will and Vanessa’s blog about this same thing? Will wrote something about this for some theology blog…you should check it out.

  2. Bret Rogers Says:


    No, I did not see Will’s post; but I will definitely have to check it out.

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