Immense Sin? Immense Grace
“Jesus said, ‘Two men owed money to a certain money-lender. One owed him five hundred denarii’s (twenty months wages), and the other fifty (two months wages). Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon replied, ‘I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.’ ‘You have judged correctly,’ Jesus said. 44 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. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — for she loved much.’”
- Luke 7:41-47
Can you imagine the scene where a woman known only as “the sinner” sits at Jesus’s feet in the home of Simon the Pharisee and pours perfume on his feet and cleans them with her hair? The fact that her sin was public to most everyone present means many would assume this woman was a prostitute although we do not know for sure.
She would have noticed how Simon did not even extend to Jesus the common courtesies of the day. He did not greet him; there was no water for him to clean his feet and no oil for his head. There must have been obvious tension in the room as the crowd watched this woman stoop to wash Jesus feet as well as the disproval of the Pharisees in the crowd.
The room must have been deathly quiet until Simon turned and said, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is – that she is a sinner.”
Jesus took this opportunity to show everyone in the room an amazing lesson. More sin = more grace. No matter how much you have sinned, Jesus died for all sin so that we can be free and live free from sin!
Jesus, thank you for enduring the cross so that we can experience forgiveness and grace. Thank you that the vastness of our sin does not exclude us from a relationship with you but only makes us appreciate it that much more. Today we are grateful for your exceeding love towards us.
Student Life Pastor