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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

How Much Do You Love Jesus?

Timothy Swigart

The life and teaching of Jesus are always spot on. In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus is invited to a Pharisee's house. The Pharisee's name is Simon. While Jesus was reclining at the table, a woman described as a "sinner" came behind Him at his feet weeping. Her tears began to wet His feet, so she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet and anointed them with ointment. Scandalous at best! Simon, becoming quite unnerved by the scene playing out before him concludes that Jesus is no righteous man, for if He was, He would know that this woman was a sinner and would have rebuked her for this over-the-top display of adoration.

Knowing Simon's thoughts, Jesus asks Simon a question saying: "A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

Simon responds correctly; the one whom had the greater debt forgiven.

Jesus lowers the boom at this point. He turns to the woman and says to Simon, "Do you see this woman. I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven - for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little."

Simon is what we would call a self-righteous man. As a Pharisee, he followed the letter of the law faithfully. In his view, he was worthy of God's love, because he had dutifully earned it. The woman by contrast was a sinner. She had not kept God's law. The irony is that both Simon and the woman were both sinners in need of a Savior. One recognized their need for a Savior (the woman), the other recognized no need (Simon). As a result, the woman placed her faith in Jesus - her only hope. The self-righteous Simon didn't even give Jesus a polite welcome. The woman loved much, because she had been forgiven much. The self-righteous Simon loved little, because he hadn't acknowledged his need for a Savior.

So, how do you love Jesus? Do you love as the woman? Is Jesus your all-consuming passion in life? Do you cling to Him as your only Savior? If so, your sins can be forgiven just as Jesus forgave the sins of the woman. This is the Gospel - this is the Good News!