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A woman who anoints Jesus finds forgiveness

A woman anoints Jesus at Simon the Pharisee's house.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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When a Pharisee called Simon invited Jesus to a meal at his home, Jesus accepted the invitation. – Slide 1
The guests reclined on couches around the meal table. A woman (with a reputation for living immorally) heard that Jesus was at Simon’s house and brought an exquisite flask filled with expensive perfume. – Slide 2
When she saw Jesus she knelt behind Him weeping. Her tears fell down upon His feet and she wiped them off with her hair. – Slide 3
She kissed Jesus’ feet and poured her expensive perfume on them. – Slide 4
When Simon the Pharisee saw what was happening he thought, ‘This proves that Jesus is not a prophet. If God had really sent Him, He would know what kind of woman this is!’ – Slide 5
Jesus knew what His host was thinking. ‘Simon,’ He said to the Pharisee, ‘I have something to say to you.’‘All right, Teacher,’ Simon replied, ‘go ahead.’ – Slide 6
Jesus told Simon this story: ‘A man loaned money to two people—500 denarii to one and 50 denarii to the other. (A denarii was a day’s pay). But neither of them could pay him back. – Slide 7
So, he kindly forgave them both, letting them keep the money! Which do you suppose loved him most after that?’ – Slide 8
‘I suppose it was the one who had owed him the most,’ Simon answered.‘Correct,’ Jesus agreed. – Slide 9
Then Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘Look at this woman kneeling here! When I entered your home, you didn’t wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You refused me the customary kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again and again. – Slide 10
‘You neglected the usual courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has covered my feet with rare perfume. Therefore her sins, and they are many, are forgiven, for she loved me much. But the one who is forgiven little, shows little love.’ Jesus then said to the woman, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ – Slide 11
Then the men at the table muttered to themselves, ‘Who does Jesus think He is, going around forgiving sins?’ – Slide 12
Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.’ – Slide 13
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