There was a dinner party going on....a party at the healed man's house. Simon was watching the crowd thinking about how far he'd come....Simon would never forget what Jesus had done. He couldn’t forget. Where there had been a nub, there was now a finger for his daughter to hold . Where there had been ulcerous sores, there was now skin for his wife to stroke and where there had been lonely hours in quarantine, there were now happy hours such as this.... a house full of friends a table full of food…no, Simon would not forget. Simon knew what it was like to stare death in the face. He knew what it was like to have no home to call your own and he knew what it was like to be misunderstood. He wanted Jesus to know that if he ever needed a meal and a place to lay his head, there was one house in Bethany to which he could go…Risky love seizes the moment!
A house party at Simon’s house…formerly known as Simon the Leper but now known as just Simon! Hallelujah!!