Jesus and the power of forgiveness

Jesus did something shocking and disturbing to law-makers


Mark 2:7 – “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Luke 5:21 – And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”


If Jesus did not shed His blood for us, there will be no forgiveness for our sins against God and man.

But do we know, Jesus granted this power of forgiveness to us as well? So that we can exercise forgiveness to others

That’s right, not only can we seek forgiveness from Jesus but we are granted the power to forgive those who do wrong against us.


Here is an interesting event recorded, where Jesus taught us love and forgiveness


Luke 7:36-49

36One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.

37And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,

38and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.

39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”

40And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

42When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

44Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.

46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

48And Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49Then those who were at table with Jesus began to say amongh themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”

50And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”


Forgiveness does not mean we allow lawlessness and let wrongdoers walk free

To receive full forgiveness from God we need to offer sacrifices according to the will of God

That woman came to Jesus in public view knowing she is a sinner

It is her way of believing and confession Jesus is her savior

She sacrificed and surrendered her rights and defenses before Jesus in seeking forgiveness and acceptance.

Jesus received her approach


John 6:37 – All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.


Forgiveness is from God and of God

Forgiveness teaches us about the love of God

God in His love and kindness draws us to Jesus to find forgiveness.

This is a beautiful illustration of receiving forgiveness from Jesus

Jesus used this incident to teach us about the love of God and how to love people


47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”


Means to say the person who loves a lot will forgive a lot more

Jesus demonstrated His great love for people as He sacrificed for all mankind


John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 1:29 – The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

1Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,


We who have received forgiveness from Jesus we need to know God granted us the power to forgive



David Z








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