47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:47-50)
Jesus’ main message to us is that he came to save us from our sins. When you hear this news, how do you receive it?
Do you hear his message thinking, “I don’t need forgiveness, I’ve made my mistakes, but I’ve done the best I could, and that has to be good enough, at least I didn’t do anything terrible”? Or do you hear these words like the woman, and cry tears of joy knowing that you are saved?
This woman was known to the community as a “sinner”. She was looked down upon and hated for her actions. When she heard that Jesus had come to save the world from sin, she wanted to thank Jesus. She believed that she was a sinner who didn’t deserve anything from God and that Jesus had made her right with God. This led her to show great love to Jesus.
She understood just how sinful she was and therefore appreciated who Jesus is. Do you appreciate how sinful you really are just like this woman did? Or do you still think that you don’t need to be forgiven? Do you think that you don’t need forgiveness because your mistakes are not really all that big of deal?
Have you forgotten that your God demands that you be perfect? If you are not perfect, your “I did the best I could,” doesn’t cut it, and it never will. Your, “I always tried to do what is best,” is worthless and unacceptable. This woman understood that she was a sinner which meant her works couldn’t save her, do you?
The woman also understood that Jesus forgave her and that it was by his effort and his perfection that made her right with God, just like it does for you.
We all need forgiveness and through Jesus we have it which means we can be at peace. We can have peace knowing that we don’t have to worry about doing enough to go to heaven, because Jesus already did it all for you. We can have peace that when we die we don’t have to hope that I will go to heaven because Jesus says that those who trust in his saving work, will.
Jesus’ main message to us is that he came to save us from our sins. Understand what this means for you, that he has forgiven all your sins. Then, as a forgiven child of God show that appreciation by thanking him in joyful worship by following him.
Happy that Jesus has forgiven me, just like you!