Main point: As we comprehend the debt God has forgiven us through faith in Christ, we love God and others more earnestly.
A Woman’s Extravagant Love (vv. 36-39)
Simon’s Scornful Contempt Guest (vv. 36-38)
The Parable and its Application to Our lives (vv. 39-50)
The woman reminds us that the power of gospel forgiveness is the basis of our love for Christ.
When it comes to my day to day relationship with God, do you tend to locate my confidence in God’s love in His forgiveness of my sins or my actions and my subjective sense of my ‘rightness’ before him?
The parable reveals to us that Christ’s work on the cross cancels all of our debts before God.
When it comes to my day to day relationship with God, do you tend to live out of 'good day, bad day mentality?
Jesus tells us our love for him and others is evidence that our faith in Christ is sincere and our hearts have been changed.
Have your sins been forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ? If so, then what love are you showing towards Jesus and others in return?
36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 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. 39 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.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 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. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (ESV)