Who Are In Debt For 500 Denarii ?
Thursday, May 4th, 2017
“40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” 41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Lk 7:40-43
Jesus has forgiven our sins all at once through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Those who know and believe in it correctly by having faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection cannot have sin in their hearts.
It is because our Lord came to this world and received the baptism from John the Baptist and shed blood on the Cross in order to remit all the sins of the world once and for all.
According to the passage above, Jesus said that the one who have been forgiven much loves Jesus much. How about us when we look at ourselves in the light of this Word? How much sin have we been forgiven by God? Let us examine Luke 7:36-50 to gauge our understanding on this Truth of salvation.
- The creditor forgave the debts of both debtors because neither had a way to pay off the debt.
- There are two types of sinners. One like the notorious woman who believe with the faith that the Lord has blotted out all the sins once through His baptism and death. (debt of 500 denarii) The other like the Pharisee who remained a sinner even though he seem to live a holy life but have not received the perfect remission of sin. (debt of 50 denarii)
- Both the woman and the self righteous Pharisee had such a tremendous debt of sin that they could never repay but the Lord had resolved it unilaterally by His grace and mercy.
- The Lord is the Savior Who has blotted all the sins of the world regardless of how little or how great a sin one commits.
- People see themselves just from their perspective and not from the standpoint of the Savior. We are all the same sinners whether we commit many sins or fewer sins. All sinners can receive the forgiveness of sins if they believe in the righteousness of God. The woman loved the righteousness of God more and received the forgiveness of 500 denarii of debt.
- We at NCCkl, do not have sin because we believe like the woman that Jesus forgave all our sins. There is no alternative for us but to remain a sinner everyday if we do not believe in the baptism of Jesus and the blood on the Cross as our salvation.
- No one can resolve the sins committed no matter how virtuous a life one has lived. God saved us from sin through the Word of Truth. We do not become righteous and sinless just because we profess somehow to be Christians. People are saved neither through their efforts nor through their sacrifice. God wrote off all sins of this woman because she had no ability to pay for her sins. God so loved us, He transferred our sins onto Jesus and made Him receive the judgment and death on our behalf.
- Only people who have all their sins written off do God’s work from then on. They serve the righteousness of God. This woman also did God’s work as she poured the fragrant oil over Jesus’ feet for His baptism and the death to be spread through the world. Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, wherever the Gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” Only those whose sins are written off by believing in God’s Righteousness can serve the Gospel.
We must acknowledge before the presence of God that we are also debtors who have committed 500 denarii of sin like this woman. We have received the forgiveness of all our sins through the righteousness of God. Those who believe in the Gospel Truth give glory to God. We thank God for bestowing grace to serve His Righteousness even in our weakness and shortcoming.
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