Luke 7:36 - 50
I know a man that has an incredible testimony of God's work in his life. He had lived a life of substance abuse and was a very angry man. It affected every aspect of his life and was beginning to destroy his marriage. God took a hold of him and changed him and restored his marriage. He is now on staff at a church and serves with joy. When I see him worship in church he worships God with a joy and fullness that is unmatched. He is a man who knows and remembers who he was before Christ and knows who he is now in Christ. That is what the parable for today is about.
Jesus was eating at the house of a Pharisee when a women known to be living a sinful life came in and anointed Jesus with expensive perfume and wiped his feet with her tears and hair. The Pharisee was offended that Jesus allowed it because of her sinful life. Jesus then told the parable of two men who owed a moneylender money. One owed a little, the other owed a lot. The lender decided to forgive both debts. Jesus ended the parable with the question, "Now which one of them will love him more?" The answer was the one with the greater debt. After telling the parable, Jesus forgave the women's sins.
Jesus explained to the Pharisee that "...her many sins have been forgiven - for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." Jesus was telling us that it doesn't matter what our background is, we all have sin. The people who understand the depth of their sin are the ones who are overwhelmed by God's grace and love Him deeply. Sometimes this can be difficult for the person who has grown up in church and has always known about God's mercy. Maybe you don't have a past that is marked by sinful mistakes that severely affected your life. Let's look up Romans 3:20-24. I want to point out verses 22b-23 in particular; it says, "There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." There is no difference! We all have sinned; therefore we all have been brought up out of the pit. When we can recognize and remember where we would be without our loving Father, we are brought to our knees in love and awe.
This week, we observe Holy Week, which is the week leading up to Jesus' death on the cross and His Resurrection. I pray that as you go about this week and observe some of the rituals such as Communion, that you can realize the depth of God's mercy in your life, no matter what your background is. We all have a need for a Savior!
Do you love much?