HumanKind Week 9: “Loved Much?”
This week’s message comes from one of the most well-known stories in the Bible: a woman known to be a sinner washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and anoints him at a dinner held in his honor, much to the shock of the host. As the message points out, both the woman and the host are interested in Jesus. The host, Simon, has intellectual questions about Jesus and wants a discourse with him, presumably about religious truth. The woman’s interest is more intimate and personal. She expresses her love for Jesus with an abandon that sweeps aside all convention and propriety.
Simon gets his discourse as Jesus teaches him about the relationship between forgiveness and love, commenting on the woman’s actions. In a shocking conclusion to the story, Jesus tell the woman that her sins are forgiven, leading the guests to ask, “Who is this man…?”