“Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.””
Luke 7:48-50 NKJV
Ever stop to think about the dinner that Jesus was invited to at Simon’s house. It says that Simon was a Pharisee and that he had invited Jesus to eat with him. There are of course others that are seated at the table, and there is the sinful woman who anoints Jesus with oil. But it never tells us specifically who is sitting at the table or who the woman is, it never calls them by name. It only gives us Simon’s name. I begin to wonder, what if Jesus came to my house for dinner? Who would I invite? Would I invite those who are close to me, or maybe those who attend church with me. Would I invite those who say they know Jesus but I’m not sure it He knows them. Would I invite the skeptic, the one who would asked all the unnecessary questions. The friend who acts like they have it all together, yet I know their world is falling apart. Would I be so excited about his coming that I invited only those who call him Lord. Or would I stop and think to invite the sinner, the rejected, the one who has no hope. Simon did not think to invite the sinner, as a matter of fact Simon and his friends were appalled at the thought of a sinful woman touching Jesus, let alone anointing him. But unlike Simon, I know the end of the story, I know what Jesus has done for us. I know the sacrifice he made and the death he overcame. I know of his resurrection and how he overcame, death, hell and the grave. So yes I would like to think that as a follower of Jesus, that my invite list would include many walks of life. All so they could meet the one who saved me and can save them also. Who’s on your invite list?