WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE FORGET GOD’S SAVING
From Someday too Today
We forget who we are without Christ!
Self-righteousness takes root within our heart!
We think we are better then others around us and yet we do the very same things!
We need to remember that we did NOT get what we deserve!
We have received what we do not deserve which is God’s grace and mercy!
Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner
with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house
and reclined at the table.
Luke 7:36 NIV
THE RIGHTEOUS PHARISEE
This sets the stage for our story.
The time is early in Jesus’ Galilean Ministry.
Simon, who was a Pharisee, invites Jesus to dinner.
The Pharisees were sincere, extremely devoted followers of the Mosaic Law.
They were impeccable with regards to their orthodox beliefs but lacked the inward reality of
that which they held.
They were strong people of separation from the world.
Their desire to keep themselves pure at all cost, kept them away from those who did not
measure up in their eyes.
WHY HAD SIMON INVITED JESUS TO DINNER?
He might have been curious about Jesus.
This is, however, doubtful!
It can be seen by the way he treated Jesus as his house guest.
Since Simon was a part of the “Shakers and Movers” of his town he might have wanted the
latest itinerant preacher to be a part of his guest list.
Like Washington and Hollywood inviting President Trump or Tom Brady to their events!
More realistically it was a trap to snare Jesus.
The Pharisees may not have liked someone gaining the attention and affection of the people.
The Pharisees were part of the Religious Elite!
Glance backward to Luke 7:33-35
”For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.
The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a
winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! But wisdom is justified of all her children.“
Luke 7:33-35 KJV
DID JESUS GO? Yes!
“…so he went to the Pharisee’s house
and reclined at the table.”
Reclining at the table gives us insight as to how they ate during these banquets.
They would lean on their left arm with their face towards the table.
Their feet would face away from the table.
When large banquets like this were given they were open to the general public to watch the
people eat and conceivably listen in on the conversations that were taking place.
It reminds me of a Red Carpet Event in Hollywood before the Academy Awards or the opening
of a new film (celebrities walking the runway as people look at them and take their pictures).
Like all banquets or parties I’m sure that a lot of activities were taking place.
There might have been music playing or other forms or entertainment.
Certainly servants were bringing food, filling glasses with wine and clearing tables.
Conversations and laughter were everywhere.
The banquet was on its way to being a SMASHING SUCCESS.
Something that the Jerusalem Post was going to write about in the morning in the society or
gossip section. It was another wonderful party by Simon the Pharisee.
THE REPENTANT SINNER
the party crashes!!!
When 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,
Suddenly the party comes to a grinding stop!
No more noise!
No more conversations!
All eyes were assuredly on this woman!
GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER?
The town’s favorite party girl!
The Party Crasher!
“…a woman who had lived a sinful life…”
She was a very sinful individual.
Most commentaries would say that she was a prostitute.
She was probably well known and well used by the men in that room!
Who knows, they may have thought that she was going to tell on some of the men.
What is certain is that she was a social outcast.
She was despised by the people in that room.
In our society it would be someone like Madonna, Ellen DeGeneres, Paris Hilton or an AIDS
patient coming to a church pot luck.
Simon the Pharisee was surely seething and beginning to boil!
ALL EYES WERE ON THE SITUATION!
“…and 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.”
Look again at what she does!
She weeps and cries washing Jesus’ dirty feet with her tears.
Rivulets were made on HIS feet as her tears washed away the dust and dirt from HIS feet.
“…and 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.”
This was not just any perfume. The beginning verses talked about this being an alabaster jar of
It was probably worth an entire year’s wages! She sacrificed it all to say,
“I love you Jesus!”
What have you sacrificed to say,
“I love you, Jesus?”
This was a radical gesture of love!
This woman’s love for Jesus is bold!
She risks all to show Jesus and others just how much she loves Him.
Matt. 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my
Father in heaven.
WHY WAS SHE THERE?
Because of Gratitude!
It would be safe to say that she was present during one of Jesus’ recent messages!
The gospel message was a message of hope for lost sinners.
Matt. 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
What breathtaking words for a lost soul!
Jesus offered help and not condemnation to sin sick people.
They did not have to purify themselves to be worthy of His affection.
Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
SHE HAD REACHED THE BOTTOM!
She had tried everything
She was looking for peace (a peace that does not come from drugs or alcohol)
She was looking for real love
Daily, she lived with the weight of guilt, shame, and sin pressing down on her living without
hope and without purpose (like the other millions of unsaved individuals that inhabit the earth).
Until she met Jesus!
It is amazing what the Lord can do with shipwrecked lives! God can do so much with those
who humble themselves before Him. Those who are poor-spirited before Him!
“Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfying that they cannot turn to
God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.”
C. S. Lewis
Now all of the social norms could not keep her from expressing her radical love and devotion.
She loved Jesus with all of her heart! She was willing to sacrifice everything as a way of saying,
“I LOVE YOU, JESUS!”
Her faith had led to salvation
Her salvation led to love
Her love produced service, sacrifice and surrender to the Lord!
She now had a song on her heart!
“Mercy Saw Me!”
THE CRITICAL HOST
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.”
Simon has had just about enough of the situation! All of the attention is no longer on him.
He thinks to himself,
“just as I suspected all along, Jesus is no prophet!
A prophet would know what type of worthless sinner this woman really is!”
Simon is going to wish he had never thought those words!
Jesus is going to very quickly show him His prophetic abilities to read his thoughts.
Jesus answered him,
“Simon, I have something to tell you.”
Listen to his answer!
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
His answer is polite but indifferent!
Yeah, Right! Whatever!
Here comes an arrow aimed right at the heart of this Pharisee!
“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred pence, and the
other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both.
Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
Simon had the right answer.
He is ready for Jeopardy or Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
He is correct but does not seem to get the point of why Jesus is telling it to him.
DID YOU CATCH THE POINT?
Wake up call!
In the Parable, Jesus is speaking about Simon the Pharisee and the Woman who were both
Each of them owed God the FATHER a debt that they couldn’t pay.
One of them owed more, and the other one owed less, but neither had the ability to pay the
GREAT DEBT they owed.
Two types of bankruptcy
Chapter 11 Temporary (restructuring, bill-payer budget plan)
We are still trying to pay. Our debt remains always upon us as a weight. We struggle
Chapter 7 Deeply in debt
No way out
No future viability
Inability to pay/no assets
Both were bankrupt! Chapter 7!
The Woman’s sins – Simon’s sins
One is outward and fleshly sins the other were inward sins of the heart
Pharisees have a hard time getting the point! Simon is missing the point!
They have built an elaborate system around themselves!
Plenty of rules, regulations, do’s and don’ts to keep their pride and self-righteousness content.
THE FORGIVING SAVIOR
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman?
Did you catch the shift in Jesus’ body language?
Jesus shifts from facing towards Simon to facing towards the woman as he speaks to Simon.
Do you see this woman?
Now of coarse Simon could see the woman.
He wasn’t blind! After all she was the one who ruined his party – The Party Crasher!
He will probably never forget her!
Do you really see her is what Jesus is after!
Do you understand what has happened to her?
She is not a worthless piece of meat but a precious soul for whom Jesus was willing to die!
Simon could only see her past!
Jesus saw her potential!
Jesus saw (or sees) your potentia
The Party Crasher
Bible Passage: Luke 7:39-44, Matthew 11:28-30
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE FORGET GOD’S SAVING