Let me retell a story for you that really happened in the life of Jesus. You can read all about it in Luke 7:36-50.
One day this guy asked Jesus over for lunch. This guy was a religious leader, who thought he had his life all in order. He was good with God and God was good with him, although that wasn’t true. I don’t get the impression he really wanted to hear from Jesus, but wanted to parade his righteous attitude in front of Jesus. I think he wanted to make a statement to Jesus about his religious appearance.
As they were sitting in this guys house, a lady, a lady with a bad reputation, walked into the house and was so overcome to be in the presence of the Savior. To be welcomed by Him instead of shunned like she was by everyone else. She knew that they knew who she was and what she was like. She weep so hard, her tears washed Jesus feet. She dried his feet with her hair and she anointed Him with her expensive perfume.
While all that was happening in one section of the living room, the guy who invited Jesus over was taking this all in with disgust on the other side of the living room. He even said to himself,
“If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.” Luke 7:39
Jesus heard that thought. He addressed that thought by telling a story about a man who was owed some money. One man owed him a ton of bucks and the other guy owed him chump change. But instead of demanding what was owed him, he forgave their debts. Then Jesus asked…
“Which of them therefore will love him more?” Luke 7:42
Of course, the only answer was the guy who owed a huge debt. Why? Because he couldn’t repay it. He didn’t have the means to forgive his debt. He was encumbered by this deficit. The weight of the world was removed from his shoulders when the note was pardoned. For sure he would be overwhelmingly happy.
Jesus even tells this religious guy,
“… her sins, which are many have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47
Can you even begin to imagine how this lady walked away from this house after hearing Jesus say to her…
“Your sins have been forgiven.” Luke 7:48
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50
For once, she was received. For once, she was accepted. For once she knew her past was really past… her sins really forgiven… her hope and joy restored. This was a new beginning!
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Which one are you? The one who can do it all by yourself? Or the one who couldn’t do anything… needing everything… receiving it all, simply because of the love and grace of Jesus.
Help me walk today as one who has been forgiven much and help me love much. Jesus in your name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen