36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.
37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume,
38 and as she stood behind him at his 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.
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "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."
40 Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said.
41 "Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
42 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?"
43 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. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."
48 Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
49 The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
50 Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
Not a Personal Assistant (7:36~43)
Many people interact with Jesus in this chapter, but only a few of them—the Roman centurion, the widow of Nain, and the sinful woman—see Him for who He really is. These are the people who will enter the kingdom of God, and their common trait is that they all had a need that only Jesus could meet. The centurion had a sick servant who needed healing. The widow had lost her only son and needed hope. And the sinful woman in this passage is in need of forgiveness for her sins. The kingdom of God is not filled with men and woman who earned their way there but with men and women who realized their need for a Savior.
- How do you approach Jesus? Does your attitude reflect an understanding that Jesus is your great Savior?
Beautiful Savior (7:44~50)
Simon, a Pharisee, invites Jesus to his house for dinner, yet he does not even provide Jesus with water to wash his feet, a basic gesture of hospitality. He also judges Jesus in his heart for associating with a sinful woman and allowing her to touch Him, thereby making Him ceremonially unclean. In contrast, the sinful woman comes before Jesus in repentance and humility and anoints His feet with an expensive perfume. She shows Him great love and gratitude for the forgiveness He offers. The more highly we think of ourselves, the less highly we think of Jesus. But the moment we realize the breadth and depth of our sinfulness, we start to see Jesus differently: as our beautiful and glorious Savior.
- Why do you go to God? Is it because you need something from Him or because you simply want to be in His presence?
A letter to God
God, help me to see and treat You as the glorious Savior that You are. When I start to think too highly of myself, awaken me to see Your greatness and beauty. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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