For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Written by: Ian Rock
When Jesus lived on earth, there were many other religious leaders around. Rabbis and Pharisees devoted their lives to knowing the scriptures and teaching them to others. Though the Bible they had wasn’t fully complete and they hadn’t realized Jesus was the promised Messiah, there was still so much to learn and share regarding God’s love, goodness, and promises. When we study the people they spent their time with and taught, we see that they primarily focused on church people that looked and acted “good enough” on the outside.
Jesus went about His ministry very differently. He didn’t spend a lot of time with church people. Jesus spent His time loving and teaching those that the church viewed as outcasts, unclean, and hopeless. Jesus crossed cultural boundaries defined by race, nationality, gender, wealth, and family background. He showed them a love that they had never seen before and offered them hope for a future that seemed impossible before they met. To put it simply, Jesus didn’t expect people to believe or behave before they knew they could belong to Him.
Thought of the day: Each day we encounter people that need the good news of Jesus. What if the thing that could change their lives is not knowledge or judgment, but our love?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving me as I am, not as I should be and for loving others the same way. Give me the grace to offer others when I feel myself feeling judgmental, and the courage to seize the opportunities you put in my path to love them the way you do. Amen.