Sin In The Streets and Seats

36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat.37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard He was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 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.

39 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!”

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

“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.

41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 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?”

43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”

“That’s right,” Jesus said. 44 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. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.

47 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.” 48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

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

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

I think I could preach a series from this passage but due to the time, I simply want to share some simple statements of truth and then draw a couple of conclusion. Primarily today, we will be thinking about sin, our own personal sin. With that in mind, please listen to the following statements…

  1. There is a danger in getting close to Jesus: you may find out more about yourself than you want to know. The flip side is: if your are curious to know the real you–Jesus, and only Jesus can help. It is a terrible waste to live a life time and not know who you really are.
  2. Simon the Pharisee saw the woman as a “Sinner” but he did not see himself as a “Sinner.” Our pride makes us prone to see the sins of others while ignoring our own.
  3. It is not the amount of sin in your life; it is your awareness of the sin in your life that counts. The woman knew she was a sinner, Simon was not aware of his. Because the woman knew who she was, she understood who Jesus was and she worshipped. Simon didn’t worship Jesus, He didn’t even show common courtesy. He may have admired HIM as a teacher but that is all. It makes you feel sympathy for the Simons of this world.
  4. Simon’s sin was arrogant pride–the woman’s sin was prostitution. Which of these two sins does God word condemn the most? Some times our sin of pride, contempt and despising other is greater than the sin we despise in them.
  5. Simons sins were private–the woman’s sins were public. Simon had the Eastern mind set: if you don’t get caught, it is not sin. This makes a difference with man but with God all sin is black and ugly.
  6. How much sin do we have to commit to be a sinner? If you break one law, doesn’t that make you a law breaker?

CONCLUSION

Have you ever ran up a tab or credit card bill that you couldn’t believe when the bill came due. “Something is not right about this,” you uttered but the more you check, the more you realize the bill is correct. This is what makes credit cards dangerous. It makes spending too easy.

Something similar has happened with our sin. Since there is pleasure in sin and it is first nature, we sin without realizing how much we sin. What I am saying is that we sin more than we realize. Simon didn’t think of himself as a sinner but Jesus knew his heart: [1] He had contempt for others [2] He measured men but he refused to minister  to men[3] He jumped to a reckless conclusion: the woman’s sins were much worst than his own. [4] Though he thought of himself as spiritually superior to others; Jesus reveals otherwise.

God’s word often refers to judgment as a “His Cup of wrath,” each time we sin, another drop goes in the cup. So here is the bottom line. There is more in our cup than we can deal with. We have a sin debt that we can not possibly pay. Some may owe a billion, some ten billion some a hundred. The amount of the debt is insignificant–The point is: none of us have the ability to reconcile the debt. This is where Jesus comes in: He paid our sin debt.

I believe that his woman had heard Jesus before and she repented of her sins: she came to the banquet to express her love and gratitude. I think  Jesus was giving her assurance…If Jesus says Your sins are forgiven”–your sins are forgiven. If Jesus says,  your faith has saved you–you are saved. If He says go in peace–you can go in peace.

If Jesus says “It’s so, then is so because He said so. It may not appear to be so, the devil may declare it not to be so… but it is still so because Jesus said so.” Our Salvation is based on the integrity of Jesus.

I know I am a sinner. I know that I have committed a lot of sin but I am not aware of all my sin and neither are you. I don’t know exactly how judgment is going to work. I have a feeling our sins will be recognized and perhaps displayed. I do believe we will be pardoned by the blood of Christ but I have no doubt that we will be held accountable.

One way or the other, we all need Jesus.

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