He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48 NABRE
Jesus is invited to the house of a Pharisee for a meal and while there is lovingly treated by a woman who washes, kisses and anoints his feet. The Pharisee remarks if Jesus was truly a prophet He would know the kind of woman it is who is touching Him; she is a sinner. Apparently it is well know this woman is a sinner which likely means her sin is of a sexual nature, she provides sexual service for a price or maybe for enjoyment. Any other sin would not be so widely known. Sexual sins have always been sins of shame. Sex is kept secret and in the bedroom, until of course there is a chance to shame someone and use it to an advantage over them. Jesus is aware of the Pharisees gossip and challenges him about what sinner would be more appreciative if forgiven one who has many sins or one with only a few sins. Jesus knows both the Pharisee and woman are sinners. At the shock of those present Jesus forgives the woman’s sins. He gives her back her life. She may need to continue in a sinful manner to survive or she may grab this chance to be a new person because in the eyes of Jesus she is as pure as the most innocent person.
In the story the woman uses her tears and hair as well as oil to wash and anoint Jesus’ feet. The idea of tears can give a signal that the woman is likely sad, or grieving as she shares supplication and gratitude. Jesus may or may not know the woman and her sins but He does know she treats Him with more welcome then even the host of the event. He sees her faith, even her presence shows faith. Jesus forgives her, he doesn’t ask her to name her sins, nor does he tell her to go and sin no more, as He does other places. Jesus trust forgiving her will lead to good.
Do you forgive easily? Do you require retribution for sins against you?Jesus forgives a sinner her sins, he doesn't ask her to name her sins, nor does he tell her to go and sin no more, as He does other places. Jesus trust forgiving her will lead to good. Click To Tweet
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