SIMON’S OBJECT LESSON (Continued)
Jesus continued, "There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that [he], to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged_ Luke 7:41-43."
Simon rightly judged that the one forgiven most loved most. A secret is in this parable. The one forgiven most received ten times more than the other. Ten speaks to the Law, and that is why Jesus came to fulfill the Law and bring grace and truth. Law was given so that sin could be recognized. Neither debtor could pay and had to be forgiven. The only payment for this debt was in the Cross of Christ. If there is no more Law, then sin is forgiven. Oh the power of His Death, Burial, and Resurrection!
"And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped [them] with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace_Luke 7:44-50."
Do we love Christ Jesus our Lord as this woman did? Are our lives indicative of this love and the forgiveness bestowed in His obedience unto His death on the Cross and the Power of His Resurrection? Is humility evident or is there self-righteousness? Are we proking others to inquire, "Who is this that forgiveth sins also?" Praise of God for the saving power of faith. Christ our Lord is the Prince of Peace therefore go in Him!