40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” [NKJV]
This is a beautiful story of Jesus's love for the broken. Notice the Pharisees first response was to attack His status as a prophet. Instead of looking at the woman who needed to be loved, truly loved, they attacked the love giver. We see this too often even today.
Jesus said to her, "Your faith has saved you." Her faith that she had found someone who loved and saw her in a room of prominent men and had looked upon her with compassion. While simply being annoying to the owner of the house, Jesus saw every detail of her pouring out not only a flask of oil but, herself out to Him and needing His love and forgiveness.
Unfortunately, we can all behave like a Pharisee at times. Her faith saved her, it delivered her. She did not care who was in the room or how they treated her! She knew Jesus was there and she had to get close to Him and feel His divine love. The world had never shown her such love. They had never given her a way out of her sin. She had only been condemned by her sin.
Jesus works the same today. He wants to give you a way out of your sin. He desires to deliver you from the hands of the deceiver and show you true love. There is nothing that can keep you from Him if you can just have the faith to believe. When the Holy Spirit enters a room the atmosphere changes. Love, forgiveness, thankfulness are what you will see.
Many have been hurt by the Pharisees of today and left the Love Giver behind. If you have been hurt by a Christian or the "Church," and have left the body of Christ I ask you today to forgive us number one, and see Jesus for who He is. He is a Savior; a Deliverer; a lover of you!
I'm so thankful for all these years that the Pharisees in my life did not turn me away from the Savior's love for me. I pray in my own Pharisee moments I turned no one away from you Lord!
Show Jesus to a sinner today with a special act of kindness and watch Him show up!