READ : Luke 7:36-50
Our third parable was told in response to an incident that took place in the home of Simon, a Pharisee. Simon was sure that Jesus’ acceptance of the love and affection of a social outcast was proof that He was not a prophet or teacher of God. Jesus’ response is a short, four-sentence story in which a wealthy lender forgives two debtors, one who owed ten times as much as the other. Having told the story He asks, “Which of them will love him more?” The answer was, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
Now the story is not meant to teach that one must fall into great sin in order to have great love for Christ. Jesus never encouraged anyone to sin. It does not teach that some sinners are ten times greater sinners than others. It simply teaches that we are all sinners and in need of a Savior and that our love for Jesus Christ will be in proportion to our consciousness of this need. In the eyes of man sins may differ, but all sin is a reproach to God. Stealing is a sin but so is the pride of place, face, race and even grace. “There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:22,23).
Know yourself to be a sinner and you will have great love for Jesus Christ.
Jesus, thank You for saving me from my sins. Amen.