THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: A REVERSAL OF SHAME
Adult/Young Adult Topic: A FRESH START
Printed Text: Luke 7:36-50
Key Verse: Luke 7:47 (NIV)
“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Sometimes in life, people are remorseful to the point of tears about something they did or said. Where can they turn for help? Jesus’ response to a sinful woman provided real forgiveness and peace because she loved Him so much.
The lesson teaches an invaluable truth about how people respond to the grace of God. On the one hand there was a religious man, Simon the Pharisee, who by all accounts was more righteous than others—at least in his own eyes. On the other hand, in contrast to Simon we see a woman known throughout the community as a sinner. Yet, in her we see what it means to experience forgiveness and then show love and gratitude for what God has done in one’s life. In the passage, a woman who by all accounts would have been considered to be the scum of the Earth received the greatest gift that anyone could have given her—forgiveness and a second chance.
Heavenly Father, we thank You that we have been forgiven of our sins. It is by and through your abundant grace that we are released from our past sins. May we be forgiving of others in the way you have forgiven us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.