Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly places with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Luke 7:44-47 Then 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. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven- for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.
We are well aware about this incident about one woman who anointed Jesus Christ at the house of Simon, the Pharisee. Let us try to glean more with the help of Holy Spirit. One of the Pharisees invited Jesus Christ to his house for the dinner and Jesus went to his house without any hesitation. Jesus was available to all- even in the wedding of Cana, fishermen’s house, Leper’s house, Pharisees house etc. He was available to all. We know that Jesus was the image of God so we see the attributes of God here. He is available to all whoever you are and whatever you do. God is available to you…He is not hiding! Amen. Another thing we learn from Jesus is that anyone can approach God. This sinful woman would never go to Simon’s house but she came because Jesus was in his house. She cannot go anywhere and share her problems but she came to know Jesus is the right person where she can go boldly. We see many people doing this. Prophet Isaiah told King Hezekiah that he would die but the king turned his face towards the wall and prayed to God it means he turned to God for a private conversation. Whoever you are and whatever your problem might be…Bow down for a minute at the feet of Jesus and speak to Him! You will find rest in your souls! We find another great truth about God through this incident. Simon and his friends greatly misunderstood this woman but Jesus did not…that teaches us the whole world might misunderstand you but God will not! What a peace to hear that truth Eli mistook Hannah but God was the only One who understood her. Brothers of Jesus did not believe Him but that did not affect Jesus because He says, “…only the Father, knows the Son – Mathew 11:27”. If you know God and if God knows you it really does not count if the world does not understand you. Amen!
While everyone was at the table we see one woman who had lived a sinful life in that town came into the house with Alabaster Jar of perfume and as she stood behind Jesus 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…Simon saw this and judged the woman by her past experience and outer appearance and not only that he even not understood Christ. Most of the time we do not understand people because of the lack of knowledge about God.If Simon could have known the savior then it was very easy for him to know why this woman is weeping so much at the feet of Jesus. We like to interfere on others matter like Peter was more interested to know what will happen to John but Jesus said “What is that to you? You must follow me.” Many have stopped following Christ because they are more interested on others! Simon could not see the inner transformation of this woman so Jesus corrected him and showed his ignorance. For that He told one story about two debtors who owed 50 denarius and 500 denarius each to the money lender but the money lender cancelled both of their debts because both of them could not pay it back. What do we understand by this story?
1) Both persons are debtors – It is the fact that one should give 50 and other should give 500 but still we call them debtors. By this Jesus was telling Simon that he is also a debtor like this woman. Simon taught himself higher in spiritual than this woman but for Jesus both Simon and this woman were same – debtors or sinners before God. All have sinned and fall from the glory of God!
2) Both of them cannot pay back their debts – whether it is 50 or 500 both Simon and the woman cannot pay to God. Simon thought he is standing right with God but Jesus proved him wrong. Truth both Simon and the woman cannot pay back to God for their sins and not only they but no one in the world can pay back the debt to God who gave His own Son who ransomed his life for our sin.
3) Both of their debts are cancelled – This is the good news which Simon could not understand. God send his Son to cancel our debts but very few have received this gift. Jesus forgave many sins of the woman but is there anything called many sins and few sins? It is we who distinguish many sins and few sins but for God sin is a sin. Whether it is 50 or 500 it is the debt! Simon did the same mistake by counting himself righteous (less sin) and the sins of the woman is more…So Jesus replied to what Simon taught. Paul was also a Pharisee but he says “I am the chief of all sinners” was he really chief of all sinners? No! Then why did he say that? Because he did not compare with others. Simon compared himself with the woman that’s why he called the woman, a sinner while Jesus called her “the one who loved much”.
Why their debts were cancelled and why our debts are cancelled?
We see the grace and mercy of the money lender who bear the loss – Do we see love of God that flowed through Jesus? And the grace and mercy flowing from the Calvary? Secondly, both were unable to pay – all our righteous works are just filthy rags before God and the labors of our hands cannot meet God demands. Lastly so that both should love the One who cancelled their debts. Why Jesus Christ died for you? 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 explains it. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Colossians 2:13-15 13And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. 14He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. 15He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. (HASB)
Since my subject is “Do you see this woman”? Let us see this woman for a while. What we understand and learn from her?
1) Her True Repentance – She came well prepared because she decided to repent from her home, it was not a sudden act at all. True repentance needs a prepared heart. I believe Father prepared her heart and gave a godly sorrow which convicted her to seek the Son. God prepared her heart for repentance through conviction. After conviction she decided to see Jesus Christ. See the work of God here! So beautiful and marvelous. Like the prodigal son who never taught about his father and his house but one day he was convicted. The conviction was so strong that he realized many thing which far to explain. Luke 15:17 says “When he came to his senses”. Why this woman lived a sinful life? Because she was not in her senses and did it ignorantly but when she was convicted she did not rebelled rather humbled herself before the savior and turned back from the idols towards God and believed in the Son. True repentance is turning from idols to God. Some repent but they don’t turn to God. Biblical repentance is not only turning from sin but it also turning to God. We see true repentance in this woman.
2) Her True Love – In verse 47 Jesus himself says “that she loved much”. What a testimony this is…she expressed her love through what she did for him. Jesus expected this from Simon but only the woman knew what Jesus wanted. Simon thought Jesus would be happy with his wellarranged dinner but he was wrong in that too. God wants us to love Him…not by giving something to Him or doing something to Him but true love understands the heart of God and knows what he requires.
3) Her True Faith – When there was still few people thinking about the authority of Christ to forgive sins here we see this woman did not doubt the authority of Jesus. She believed fully that Jesus will forgive her sins. She also believed that Christ will never cast her out or misunderstand her. Her faith in Jesus has saved her.