The Scandalous Love of Jesus – Luke 7:31-50

From my reading in Luke 7:31-50 in the One Year New Testament.

Scandalous Love 

Jesus was chilling at a Pharisee’s house and an immoral woman of the town heard he was eating there. Most likely she was a prostitute, or at least someone who was known as loose.

She went and bought a beautiful alabaster jar, filled with expensive perfume, for Jesus. She humbly knelt at Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair and then kissed his feet.

It would have been scandalous for a woman to touch a man in public, let alone a prostitute kissing Jesus. Immediately, the Pharisees judged Jesus for allowing a woman with a bad reputation to touch him and kiss his feet.

Those Who Are Forgiven Much Love Much

Jesus then told a very simple story about a man who loaned 500 days wages (over a years pay) to one and 50 days wages (almost 2 months pay) to another. Neither could repay, so he forgave them and canceled their debts. Then he asked,

“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.” Luke 7:42–43

The larger the debt, the larger the gratitude. Jesus then turned the attention back to the woman. The Pharisees didn’t even do the common courtesy of giving Jesus water to wash the dust off his feet or greet him with a kiss or anoint his head with oil, but this “sinner” washed his feet with her tears, kissed his feet, and sacrificed money on expensive perfume! Then he said this,

“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.” Luke 7:47

No matter how many sins you have committed, none are too great for Jesus to forgive. People that have messed up a lot appreciate his forgiveness even more than those who grew up in church and basically did good their whole lives.

The truth is that many people who think they are good have fallen into the trap of pride. Just because you are not a prostitute or have a radical conversion story doesn’t mean you don’t need Jesus’ forgiveness just as much!

Personally, I never want to take the forgiveness of Jesus for granted. I am grateful Jesus was willing to sacrifice his reputation to show that any sinner can receive his scandalous love!

No sin is too big for Jesus to forgive, and that is something to celebrate.

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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