Amazing Stuff Jesus Did - The Parable of the Pounds

Sermon from CCM Ladybarn


This sermon was preached by James Everall at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 2nd December 2018.


This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Withington in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Luke 19:11-27.

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’
15When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business.16The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.'”


Setting the Scene

  • Simon is a Pharisee, one of the Jewish law makers and upholders. They are already opposed to Jesus and yet Jesus is invited to his house for a meal.

  • As a guest and visitor to the town Simon would be expected to treat Jesus with a great deal of respect when he comes to his home, especially as this kind of meal is a public event. However this doesn’t happen and Jesus comes in without any of the formal greetings.

  • Witnessing this deliberate attempt to humiliate Jesus would have been not just a couple of people from the synagogue, but a whole load of people who would have come along to check out this big social occasion. All of whom, distinctly aware of the tension of this moment, and waiting for what would unfurl next.

The Woman

  • The woman was known to be a sinful woman, the people observing would have known who and what she was.

  • In Jesus’ presence she is struck by her sin and she has also seen how he has been treated by Simon.
  • This woman literally rains tears over his feet and uses her hair to dry them. Its difficult for us to recognise how scandalous this was. She then uses her expensive perfume to anoint Jesus feet.
  • Simon’s plan was to dishonour Jesus, so this woman’s honouring of Jesus obviously does not go down well with Simon or the other invited guests.

The Parable

  • Jesus tells the parable of the two debtors whose debts are pardoned. One who owes a little and the other who owes a great deal.
  • then He asks Simon at the end of verse 42, “Which of them will love him more?”  Who’s going to have the greater love for the money lender, the greater love for the forgiver?  Who’s going to have the greater love?

The Lesson

  • Then Jesus brings it back to the woman. She had been forgiven.  And the guilt was gone and the shame was gone and her life was different. Longings after holy things and righteous things began to occupy her heart and she was swept away with gratitude, swept away with affection and love for the One who had forgiven her. She acted as she did because she had been forgiven much.
  • Jesus is showing Simon what real transformation looks like. There was no other explanation for her complete change of behaviour. And those around the table started to get it.

  • Simon was a law-keeper. But ultimately, he had sin that he couldn’t pay just as the woman did. Only his sin was private, no-one else could see it or was going to point it out, ridicule him for it, define him by it. But Jesus could see Simon’s heart.


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