In Luke chapter seven we see an amazing story of faith and forgiveness. There was a sinful woman of the city who heard that she could find Christ at the Pharisee’s home. As Jesus reclined here, the sinful woman approached him, and began to weep. As she wept at Christ’s feet, she cleansed His feet with her tears, and wiped them with her own hair. When His feet were clean, she anointed them with an entire alabaster flask of ointment.
Why is this significant?
To the Pharisee this was seen as a shameful act, and the woman, being a sinner, would have been rejected and sent away.
“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.”
Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” ”
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. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
What can we take away from this passage?
1. We are only forgiven because of what Christ has done. He has taken away our debt and punishment through his atoneing sacrifice.
2.To be bold in the faith is to be counted as righteousness. Do not be afraid of the judgements of this world, but stand firm in the faith, knowing that the reward is great in Heaven.
3. Give everything you have to Him that provided it. The woman pours out her flask on His feet, which was probably worth a years wages. Would you be willing to give all that you have for Him?
So be thankful, firm, and unwavering in your faith. Christ has done the work. Live in the freedom that he has provided for you, and surrender it all unto Him!