The Pharisees Invitation
Luke 7:36-38 “And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And went into the Pharisees house, and set down to meet.
And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus was set at meat in the Pharisees house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with ointment.”
Now here, a Pharisee invites Jesus to eat; but he has an unexpected guest. A sinner, a woman, who started to cry and wash Jesus feet with her tears. (Jesus seemingly ignores her….but Simon does not.
Then she takes an alabaster box of ointment, and anoints Jesus’ feet.
This was certainly a witness of Jesus’s call to come to the kingdom of heaven.
She wanted forgiveness. And there were many things in her, Jesus plainly says, that needed to be forgiven.
But to the Pharisee, it was proof that Jesus was not a prophet. Surely He would know what kind of woman this was, and refuse her tears.(Luke 7:39)
So, Jesus speaks, not to prove anything, (if you will notice, Jesus never “proves” to others He is Who He is…..but says to look to His works)…..but to instruct this Pharisee about forgiveness, and love.
Luke 7:40-42 “And Jesus answering said unto him, (notice Jesus answered the unspoken question), Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”
The difference between the debtors was huge.
But both were forgiven……they then became equal to the creditor; and to each other!
To truly be forgiven, we need to know we are sinners. God does not forgive imaginary things, or general thoughts of doctrine, that do not touch the truth of sin in us.
He is not interested in generalities, but in us.
He does forgive the sinner, of their sins. That is what Christ came to do. (Matthew 1:21). “To save his people from their sins.”
Which places every saved sinner on the same plain….we all become children of God…all welcome before God, by Christ Jesus.
Then love to God is born. We receive the knowledge of His love deep into our soul. It awakens our soul to HIs greatness, and our weakness; to HIs care, and our need…..and most of all to a desire to come ever closer to Him.
To truly love God, you must be reconciled to Him; which only comes by the forgiveness of sins.
Otherwise there is still a gulf between God and us: a gulf maintained by self-righteousness, or pride, or lust, or greed,….
Love comes through forgiveness, which brings God’s heart down to ours; and that came by Christ. Then that love can be reciprocated, to God and to others.
(The first fruit of the Spirit is love. Galatians 5:22-23)
Luke 7:43 “Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.”
You’re right, Simon, the more forgiveness is needed, the more love is shown for the forgiveness.
What about you, Simon, how is your heart toward God?
Full of self righteousness so that you can not love Him?
What about your sin?
Or do you think you have any?
Luke 7:44-47 “And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman, since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but his woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”
Simon, in other words, you may think, you are superior in every way to this woman,……who is indeed a great sinner.
But you are not in God’s sight. God has just forgiven her,……while you remain in your sins.
Your sins may not be so many as her’s; Or as know to others, as her’s…..but sin is sin, to God.
You loved Me little, because you think you do not need My forgiveness. You think you are righteous, and therefore your heart does not love God, but yourself.
That night a great sinner went home, forgiven:
Luke 7:48, 50 “And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”
Forgiven and reconciled to God in peace….by faith in Christ, to save her from her sins.
“We love God, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19).
He loved us in that He sent His Son to become the propitiation for our sins.
We love Him when we come to Him in honesty and confess our sins, and be born again, then go on in peace and joy with Him in love.
Real peace with God comes through the forgiveness of our sins by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Real love to Him, follows.
Luke 7:49 “And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?”
Well, Who was He? He was the coming Christ, prophesied of…..and now had appeared to put away sin.
What will you do with Him?
Everyone there made their choice. So do we.
Will we come and get our sins forgiven, or will we stay in our lives, thinking we are alright ?
The Pharisees invitation to Jesus, was to a public person, who could make him look good.
Jesus invitation was as The Christ to a Pharisee who needed to be forgiven.
Which will you choose?