“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
Luke 7:41 ESV
Jesus went to a religious man’s house. Whilst there, a prostitute came and anointed His feet with her tears and expensive perfume. The religious man was outraged.
In response, Jesus told this story. A moneylender had two debtors. One owed what would be equivalent to about £50,000 and another about £5,000.
They’re both significant amounts of money. But understandably, the bigger debtor would be more grateful about their cancelled debt than the lesser debtor. So it is with us as sinners before a holy God.
If we haven’t sinned much, we won’t be so thankful if God forgives us than if we’ve sinned a lot. This was Jesus’ lesson for the religious man- he didn’t love lavishly, but the prostitute did. She was extravagantly generous in her gratitude to Jesus.
Jesus went on to rebuke the religious man about the poverty of his welcome. Even the basic forms of greeting according to their cultural etiquette had not been met, but the sinful woman had warmly welcomed Jesus, even though the religious man hadn’t welcomed her either. So Jesus forgave her sins.
“God our Father, how thankful we are for sins forgiven. May we rejoice in the return of Your Son, and may He welcome us into His heavenly home, by Your mercy and grace, amen”