Luke 7:36-50 – “How Do We Respond to Jesus?”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 8th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 7:36-50


  • 2 People, 2 Reactions. 2 Hearts.
  • A glorious picture of salvation
  • Forgiveness of sin
  • Understanding the serious of sin
  • Coming to Jesus as Savior and Lord

The setting – vv. 36-39

  • Pharisee invited Jesus to come to his house
  • Sinner approaches Jesus
    • Humility
    • Great cost
  • Pharisee saw Jesus as a religious person
  • The women saw Jesus as her Savior

  The Pharisee was appalled that Jesus allowed this women in her presence…. She was a sinner.   Jesus knowing His heart responded.   A parable on forgiveness – vv. 40-43

  • Money lender and debtors
  • Cancellation of debt. 500 and 50
  • Who will love more?

A contrast of two hearts – vv. 44 – 47

  • The comparison. Two hearts

The salvation proclamation – vv. 48-49


    When we understand the seriousness of our sin, we see Jesus Christ in a much different way

  • Savior
  • Lord

Therefore, we must get the Gospel right.

The Gospel

God is the sovereign creator and worthy of all praise.

  • His greatness, goodness, and glory.
  • He is holy, righteous, loving, and just.
  • Gen. 1:1-“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
  • Rev. 4:8-“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”
  • Rev. 4:11 –“Worthy are You , our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they exist and were created.”
  • Matt. 4:10 – “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve.”
  • Matt. 22:37-“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

Man is separated from God because of our sin

  • Man is separated from God.
  • He is holy and we are sinful. (Adam and Eve.  The fall.)
  • Rom. 3:23-“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  • Rom. 6:23-“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  • Eph. 2:1 –“You were dead in your trespasses and sin.”

Christ’s redemptive work

  • His life, death, burial, and resurrection is God’s only provision for the forgiveness of our sin. Jesus died the death that we deserved for our sin. The righteous died for the unrighteous.
  • John 3:16-“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
  • Rom. 5:8-“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • Eph. 2:8-9 “For by GRACE you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 

Our Response

  • We must respond to this good news!
  • We must repent of our sin, place our faith and trust in Christ, and give our life over to Him.
  • Believe on, Come to, Trust in, Follow after, Live for
  • John 14:6-“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
  • John 1:12-“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
  • 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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