The position of the woman in Luke chapter 7 who stood at Jesus’ feet behind Him weeping, is not a position that can be easily understood unless a person experiences it. I’ve come to realize why so many people cry at the altar and worship, partly because I too was in that same position and because many of us are in need of forgiveness and compassion – not from anybody else, but only Jesus. It’s a position that symbolizes many things of the human heart in the presence of Jesus. It’s a position of adoration for Jesus and a heart of worship, among other things.

In response  to what the Pharisee said to himself, I’m sure Jesus knew she was a sinner, but He didn’t scorn her, push her away or accuse her of sin; He received her, just as He did to the many others who sought Him.

I wonder if Jesus sensed the condition of her heart, her brokenness or her need for compassion and forgiveness, because throughout this latter part of chapter 7, she did not say a word.

Here is Luke 7 verse 36 to 50:

“Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, ‘This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.’

And Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ So he said, ‘Teacher, say it.’

‘There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?’

Simon answered and said, ‘I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’

And He said to him, ‘You have rightly judged.’ Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

Then He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’

And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’

Then He said to the woman,‘Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.’

Jesus said, “All those the Father gives Me will come to me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away or cast out (John 6:37) If you go to Jesus He will welcome you. Will you go to Him?


2 thoughts on “Forgiven

  1. Great post! I love this story in Luke. Although the woman was not an invited guest, she entered the house anyway and knelt behind Jesus at His feet. It was the grateful prostitute, not the stingy religious leader, whose sins were forgiven.

  2. Amen! Her doing that shows that she didn’t allow the judgements of others to stop her from seeking Jesus. The best thing is her sins were forgiven; it didn’t matter what the Pharisee thought, Jesus forgave her.

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