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The Greatest Stories Ever Told: A Friend of Sinners
April 26, 2020

The Greatest Stories Ever Told: A Friend of Sinners

April 26, 2020

THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD

Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand.

(Mark 4:33, NLT)

A FRIEND OF SINNERS

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”

Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”

“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.

Then Jesus told him this parable: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. 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. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here.”

“When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.”

“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?”

And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

(Luke 7:36-50, NLT)

Lesson One:

There is more in God’s

than there is in your .

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

(Matthew 5:3, NIV)

Lesson Two:

True forgiveness to the one who cancels our debt.

  • The most in end up being the most in .
  • If your worship has , it’s because your has become short.

Lesson Three:

Love is the of our forgiveness, not the .

  • The canceling of a always requires a .
  • Jesus your debt … He it.

 

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