THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 2:13-17
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
Tax collectors were one of the kinds of people that the religious people avoided.
Also prostitutes, lepers, zealots, Samaritans, Roman soldiers, non-practicing Jews.
Who are the kinds of people that Christians avoid today?
Muslims, LGBQT, Immigrants, Homeless, Prostitutes, non-church-goers?
Jesus not only socializes with them, and their friends, He calls them to join Him.
He seems to be quite open to letting people join Him — everyone was welcome.
It was only after time with Jesus that some stopped following (John 6:66).
Notice how the church reverses this: we make it hard to join, but once in always in.
We first demand that people change, that they get their lives in order, then join.
But how can they change unless they spend time with Jesus.
Sinners were drawn to Jesus, and learned with Him what it meant to follow.
Sinners are often repulsed by Christians, and won’t spend time with Jesus with them.
Jesus is sending us as His followers to continue loving like He did!
Are we really following Him, if we do not go where He goes, and do what He does?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, instead of hiding in our bubbles waiting for people to come to us, motivate us to go where You are, where the people are that You came for, sinners like me.