The passage can be read here via BibleGateway. This week’s notes have been prepared by Bill.
Jesus contrasts Simon the Pharisee and the unnamed woman. Simon had invited Jesus to dinner but had then treated him badly, by not looking after his needs as a guest. The woman, on the other hand, expressed her love for Jesus in a remarkable way. The guests at such a dinner reclined with their feet away from the table.
The woman’s sinful past is mentioned by Luke, Simon and Jesus. She was already forgiven before she came, as Jesus makes clear when he asks Simon, “Which of the two forgiven debtors will love more?” So she had come to express her love, and her thankfulness to Jesus, and to anoint him with perfume.
She stood behind Jesus at his feet. In her deep emotion she burst into tears. Probably she saw that Jesus’ feet were unwashed and perhaps the evident fact that he had been insulted contributed to her crying. With her tears she washed his feet and wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
How great was the love of this woman. She disregarded the stares and thoughts of everyone present as she expressed her feelings towards Jesus. It was an amazing thing to do. Jesus, who knew what was in the heart of a person, accepted her actions as those of someone who felt a great debt of gratitude to him.
The reason for a great love for Jesus Christ is the knowledge of having your sins forgiven. Love flows from forgiveness.
Do we weep over our sins? The more we realise the depth of our sins the more we are thankful for our forgiveness. The more we realise the depth of our sins the more we appreciate what Jesus took upon himself when he went to the cross. As we go on in our lives, God reveals to us more of the sinfulness of our hearts, but at the same time he also reveals to us more of his grace and love and forgiveness, shown to us in our Lord Jesus.
Do we weep when Jesus is not given his proper place of honour? Out of our love for the Lord Jesus let us uphold the honour of his name.