Do You See This Woman

Jesus, our Redeemer, came to minister to small and great with the same love and unerring truth. John 3:17-18, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” 

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Jesus accepted an invitation to go to the home of a Pharisee for a meal.  While Jesus sat eating, a sinful woman of the city came to the house, bringing an alabaster box of ointment. (The gospel of John identifies the woman who anointed Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair as Mary, the sister of Martha.  Evidently the story was known in two versions, and the two writers had heard the same story but about different individuals.) She stood weeping and washed his feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee saw what the woman was doing, he thought to himself;

            “This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him; for she is a sinner.”

            Jesus said to the Pharisee:

            “Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.”

            The Pharisee replied:

            “Master, say on.”

            Jesus said:

            “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”

            Simon answered, saying:

“I  suppose that he to whom he forgave most.”

            Jesus replied:

            “Thou hast rightly judged.”

            Jesus turned toward the woman, saying to Simon:

            “Seest thou this woman? I entered unto thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet; but she hath washed my feed with tears and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  Thou gavest me no kiss; but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 

Wherefore I say unto thee, ‘Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little’.”

             To the woman Jesus said:

            “Thy sins are forgiven.”

            Those who sat at the feast thought to themselves:

            “Who is this that forgiveth sins also?”

            Jesus said to the woman:

            “Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”


Scriptures: Luke 7:36-50