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Does Jesus Weep?

August 6, 2017

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 and above 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 most certain that Jesus weeps.

Love and….

Kirk Out !

 

 

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10 Comments
  1. Dan permalink

    Amazing that He loved and laid down His life for us while we were still sinners. While we were in rebellion, He still gave us His all. That is some kind of act to follow. Not an act but a life. I really do want to be THIS Jesus to my friends.

  2. Yes! Very good! And very, very few churches that can say they are doing this, even the free non-alined churches generally become closed to sinners and busy with their rules.

  3. tom ball permalink

    When I read on line so many accusatory (and too often seemingly super self- righteous) condemnations of anyone who is “different” sexually than the majority, I think of those Old Testament outcasts whom Jesus seemed to accept as they were … without first trying to “share the ” truth in love” about their sin. Might Jesus weep over this today?

    • I am sure Jesus weeps over this Tom. The church is supposed to be about Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness, however many times its members seem more about Hate, Rejection and Judgment. So sad, so very, very sad.

  4. "BK" permalink

    Sorry for being ‘missing in action’ so long…..hectic life right now! I love that Jesus loves what the world calls ‘unlovely’. When I was in the religious world the Lord gave me a love for all for which I am thankful. I admit that after coming out of the system I had to LEARN to love the self-righteous sinners in the churches. The religion of Christianity can be one of the cruelest that is for sure! Love, “BK”

    • Glad to see you back BK. Praying for you. Loving in the midst of trials and attacks from those still in the system is not easy, but in Christ we can and do with HIS help.

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