The Story of Jesus

Jesus Rebukes A Pharisee

While Jesus taught the people in Galilee, a Pharisee named Simon came to listen. Like many other Pharisees, Simon tried to find fault with Jesus. Because he could find none, he decided to ask Jesus to dinner. During dinner Simon planned to watch Jesus closely to see whether the Master might do something wrong. Jesus accepted 

Simon's invitation and went to his house. Others went too. Some were invited, and some were not. All came into the dining room where the food was spread on the table. The guests took their places around the table, and those who were not invited stood back and looked on.

As was the custom Jesus and the other guests lay on couches facing the table. While they ate, an uninvited woman entered the room. She looked from one guest to another until she saw Jesus. At once she knelt at his feet and wept sorrowfully for her many sins. With her hair she wiped away the tears that fell on his feet. She poured costly perfume on his feet and kissed him.

Simon, the Pharisee, watched the woman. He knew she was a great sinner. Why did Jesus let such a woman weep at his feet ? Imagine his surprise when he saw the woman anoint Jesus' feet with costly perfume. In his heart Simon said, "If Jesus were a prophet, he would not allow this woman to come near him. He would know what a sinner she is."

Jesus knew Simon's thoughts. Looking at the proud Pharisee, Jesus said, "Simon, I have something to tell you."

Simon answered very politely, "Master, what is it?"

Then Jesus told him this story: "There was a rich man who loaned money to two poor men. To one he loaned five hundred pence. To the other he loaned fifty. When the time came to pay back the loan neither man had any money. They came to the rich man, and he forgave them both. Which of these two men will love the rich man more?"

"I suppose," answered Simon, "that the man who was forgiven the more will love more."

"You are right," said Jesus. Then he turned to the sinful woman still weeping at his feet and said, "Simon, when I came into your home, you did not treat me like an honored guest. You did not give me water to wash the dust from my feet, but this woman has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.

"You did not give me a kiss of welcome, but this woman has kissed my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil as you anoint the heads of your friends, but this woman has poured costly perfume on my feet. I tell you that her many sins are forgiven, for she has loved much. Those who have little forgiven, love little."

To the woman Jesus said, "Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

Those who looked on said in their hearts, "Who is this man that forgives sins too?"


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