It is unclear why Simon invited Jesus to his home. What took place there is a reflection of the fact that we are all sinners saved by grace.
Jesus, Friend of Sinners: vv. 33-39
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, He has a demon. 34The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. 35But wisdom is proved right by all her children.
36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39When 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.
1. Tax collector . v. 33
2. Self-righteous Pharisee . v. 36
3. Prostitute . v. 37
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23).
Every Christian Has a Past and Every Sinner a Future: vv. 40-47
Jesus answered him, Simon, I have something to tell you.
Tell me, teacher, he said.
41Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?
43Simon replied, I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.
You have judged correctly, Jesus said.
44Then he turned toward the woman and said to 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. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.
1. Her pain? A lifetime of sinful behavior . Luke 5:31
2. Her present? A hopeless outlook on life . Romans 6:23
3. Her future? As bright as the promises of God . Luke 6:49
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Humility and Godly Sorrow Resulted in a SinnerÕs Salvation: vv. 48-50
Then Jesus said to her, Your sins are forgiven.
49The other guests began to say among themselves, Who is this who even forgives sins?
50Jesus said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
1. God’s grace . Proverbs 3:33-34
2. God’s forgiveness . Proverbs 28:13-14
3. God’s blessings . 1 Peter 5:5-7