“Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said.
Sometimes I wish I could read people’s thoughts. Sometimes I’m glad I can’t! But the scene in Luke 7 is both amazing and slightly unnerving. For the Pharisee. Luke 7:39 depicts Simon, the Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner, thinking it was appalling that this woman, a “sinner,” was touching a prophet. Kneeling, weeping over his feet, wiping her tears away with her own hair! Now, I know the word “harumph!” isn’t Biblical, but maybe it could have been used here.
Pharisees didn’t allow women to get within six feet of their person, ever. The touch of a woman of ill repute would have rendered Jesus ceremonially unclean. Imagine the disgust and revulsion of the Pharisee watching this woman not only touch Jesus, but kiss his feet!
For the Pharisee, it’s proof positive that this man is not only not the Messiah, but he’s not even a prophet! One word in Verse 39 is so telling of his attitude: … if this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!
The response of the Prophet, however, is to tell a story. One person owes a man a large sum of money. Another owes a small amount. The man cancels both debts. Jesus winds up with the question, “Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Duh. The one who owed him the most, of course!
So, how big was the debt Jesus paid for you? Just think about it, friend. I pray that each and every day, you say to yourself: “I love Him more than anyone else in the world!” Listen, the debt he canceled for me is huge. May you count the cost of your sin, and fall to your knees, weeping. May you wash the dirt off His feet with the wetness of your grateful tears, your liquid love.
Imagine what could happen if God’s people operate out of a sense of being deeply, deeply loved. Oh, boy! I’m welling up just thinking about it!
How do you love him? List the ways. Offer a prayer of thanks for every single one today.