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Does Jesus Weep?

August 26, 2013

Greetings,

Jesus said:

“To what can I compare this generation?  They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:  ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not mourn.’  For John came neither eating nor drinking and they say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.”‘ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”  Matthew 11: 16-19

Does anyone else find it odd that Jesus loved and was a friend of tax collectors and sinners, but the vast majority of traditional/institutional “church” members avoid folks like that like the plague?  Many seem to preach and follow the doctrine of separation.  Which calls for “saints” to totally avoid sinners at just about all cost.  Jesus certainly did not live that way and neither should we.

Jesus lived, loved, and walked among every type of person in the communities He served, lived in and visited.  Not even the lepers were unclean to Him.  In fact the people He had the most difficulties with were the Pharisees who valued Law and separation over and above relationship.  Seems to me that there are a great number of modern day Pharisees in the “Church” today.  They are people who lift doctrine, Law and “right” teaching over relationship, grace, mercy and love.

In true community everyone is accepted and loved, even sinners.  Which raises this huge question….  are there any sinners in your life?  Or is your circle of community drawn so small and tight that it only includes members of your “church”?  Seems to me that Jesus was saying that we all need to play, dance, sing, eat, drink and mourn together with people from all walks of life.  If your “Christian” life is so narrow that no “sinner” can be a part of it at any time… I think you miss the true message of Jesus and have settled for something far less than Christ.

Of course this whole conversation begs the question of…  who is not a sinner in the first place?  Jesus emptied Himself, left heaven and His Father to come to earth as a mortal child and then as a mortal man loved us so much that He freely gave His life for all of us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5: 8)  Jesus is the friend of sinners and if you can fully grasp that in your heart and mind, you would have no problem whatsoever welcoming sinners into your life too.  We are all called to love and serve whoever comes into our lives.  To actually lay down our lives for our friends, and if your definition of “friend” is too narrow… I am certain that Jesus weeps.

Love and….

Kirk Out !

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. Yes. The ‘system’ uses an imperfect love. It is a love that is exchanged with friends and is still full of agenda and expectations on the people it touches – or allows to touch them. Someone MAY even dare to sacrificially die within this kind of love! Religion is based on this love, and it’s almost hard to discern because it appears to be very close to the real thing in the way it talks about Jesus., friendships, etc. But when a relationship of this nature is severely shaken, it goes bankrupt.

    The love of Jesus is something altogether trumping of “friendship love”. His love is good for His enemies, and therefore it doesn’t shake. This is the love we so desperately need in our relationships today!

  2. "BK" permalink

    I hear you, Chris. The Lord reminded me once to not forget He also died for those Scribes and Pharisees and delivers them from their prideful ignorance also. Acts tells us after Pentecost that many of the Pharisees believed…..sometimes we forget that in our list of who He hung out with.
    Just a few ‘extra’ thoughts, “BK”

  3. Shelby Shock-Marsh permalink

    Great post, Captain. Hits close to home. The difference now is that I WANT this pointed out to me so I can recognize the safety nets I have set up all around me; just in case I feel I can’t possibly trust Jesus…..reminds me of the song “Somewhere in the Middle by Casting Crowns:
    Fearless warriors in a picket fence, reckless abandon wrapped in common sense
    Deep water faith in the shallow end and we are caught in the middle
    With eyes wide open to the differences, the god we want and the God who is
    But will we trade our dreams for his or are we caught in the middle…

  4. Excellent comments! BK, I thought the very same thing about the Pharisees as I was writing.

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