The Red Letters of Jesus: Simon, The Prostitute, and Jesus

This Summer we are in a conversation called “Red Letters.”  In many Bibles, publishers put the words of Jesus in red for emphasis.  It is a way of recognizing that Jesus is the lens through which we see the world and the lens through which we understand the scriptures. 

Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne started a group a few years ago called “Red Letter Christians.”  They describe their group on their website like this:

The goal of Red Letter Christians is simple: To take Jesus seriously by endeavoring to live out His radical, counter-cultural teachings as set forth in Scripture, and especially embracing the lifestyle prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount.
 
By calling ourselves Red Letter Christians, we refer to the fact that in many Bibles the words of Jesus are printed in red. What we are asserting, therefore, is that we have committed ourselves first and foremost to doing what Jesus said. Jesus calls us away from the consumerist values that dominate contemporary America.


This Sunday we are going to look at some red letters telling the controversial story about Jesus, Simon the religious leader, and a prostitute. It was a very scandalous story in Jesus' day.