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A Friend of Sinners

Grace For TodayThroughout His years of ministry, Jesus was despised, criticized, and even rejected by many of the self-righteous religious people because He did not fit their preconceived ideas of the way Messiah should be. He came from the region of Galilee – the “wrong side of town.” He was a poor, itinerant preacher who didn’t have a place to lay His head. Worst of all, He was a friend of sinners and tax collectors.

“He was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, and familiar with grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” – Isaiah 53:3 (JCV)

Jesus wasn’t a stickler for schedules or punctuality either.

He was easily distracted by just about any “nobody” He came across who needed His care and attention. In the middle of a large crowd He would stop for a hemorrhaging woman who quietly touched the hem of His garment, or a blind beggar who obnoxiously cried out for His mercy and healing.

He would accept an enemy’s invitation to dinner and counted a diverse list of people as His friends – rich and poor, great and small. Roman centurions, Pharisees, tax collectors, prostitutes, and leprosy victims liked to be with Jesus because they felt loved, forgiven, and accepted. But because of His compassion and openness to all kinds of people, He created a lot of jealousy and opposition at the same time.

Jesus loved the unlovable.

We need to keep this in mind when we are following in Jesus’ footsteps. Some people will love us and appreciate us, and others will despise us and speak evil of us – for no reason. Often, the Holy Spirit will lead us to places no other religious person has ever gone before, or minister the love of God to people discarded by the rest of the world. But Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great.” – Matthew 5:11-12

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Human Opinion or Christ’s Opinion?

www.RealJesus.netThe man or woman whose heart is filled and controlled by the love of God has liberty to do exactly as He desires. If you are filled with the love of God you will never be breaking His commandments or doing anything that is not in conformity with God’s will. It doesn’t even matter what other people think; they may criticize you, or misjudge you, but what matters is, “what does God think of you?” The apostle Paul said that a spiritual man is often misunderstood and wrongly judged by carnal Christians:

“But the natural or carnal man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual rightly judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 2:14-16.

If we truly have the ‘mind of Christ’ we must obey His will for our lives – no matter how controversial or unpopular our decisions may be to others. We cannot be like so many immature Christians today that live their lives more concerned about human opinion rather than Christ’s opinion.

–         Luis Yosefus

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The Woman Caught in Adultery

John 8:4-11

John 8:4-11

“When I came to the Lord I was a stripper,” says the woman in the video below. But when she tried to learn more about God and started attending a local church, she was ostracized and condemned. Instead of receiving help, love and acceptance from Christian people, they gave her dirty looks and rejected her.

The religious scribes and Pharisees once brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus. Apparently, she was having sexual intercourse with a married man, or perhaps she herself was married and cheating on her husband. When the religious people caught her, they immediately brought her to Jesus and asked Him what they should do with her. According to the Old Testament Law, she deserved to be killed by stoning. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear their question. When they asked Him again and pressed Him for an answer, Jesus said, “He who is without sin among you, let Him cast the first stone.” (John 8:4-11)

Everyone thought about it, and realized that no one there was without sin. Therefore, they really had no business condemning the woman to death when they themselves were guilty of probably worse sins. So being convicted by their consciences and hypocritical attitudes, they slowly left the scene, one by one. Finally Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” Still feeling ashamed, she said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

The gospel of grace saves.

In this incident, Jesus was demonstrating the love and grace of God in wanting to save sinners – not condemn them. He also stated elsewhere:

For God did not send His Son [Jesus Christ] into the world to condemn the world – to judge, reject, and pass judgment on; but that sinful, lost people through Him might find salvation and deliverance from sin.” – John 3:17 (JCV)

We Christians need to preach the same gospel that Jesus preached. The Good News gospel of Jesus Christ is, first and foremost, a message of hope; that God is willing to forgive us of our sins. He understands our weaknesses and faults, and wants to give us opportunity and supernatural power to change (grace).

In the above example, Jesus never approves of the woman’s sexual sins, but he doesn’t condemn her either. He told her, “Go and sin no more.” He forgave her and advised her to stop sinning. We Christians need to do likewise. Whether we are witnessing to a woman who makes a living dancing naked in front of men in a bar, or a man with homosexual tendencies, or a drug addict or alcoholic, our first priority is to preach  the love and forgiveness of God who sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for their sins. God might hate the sinful way they’re living, but He still loves the sinner. God’s purpose is always to have compassion on the sinner bound by sin, and is willing to deliver them from their sinful bondages. His message is one of restoration and liberty to live a new life.

For God so loved the world

I believe John 3:16 is the Good News gospel in a nutshell. God loves us sinners so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sins, so that we could be forgiven, healed of our corrupt natures, and restored to fellowship with our Holy God.

For too long, the Christian church has been preaching the message of Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the hands of an angry God.” Instead, it should be preaching the true message of Jesus Christ, “Sinners in the arms of a loving, compassionate, and forgiving God.” This message makes the religious hypocrites fighting mad, that’s why they wanted to kill Jesus for preaching that He came to save sinners — not condemn them.

Let us pray and ask God to help us overcome our judgmental attitudes, and from being so critical of others. Let us learn to be more loving and accepting of people who may still be struggling with carnal sins, and be open and willing to forgive and help them. We must remember that, if God is patient and forgiving towards us, shouldn’t we also practice the same?

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that You are, first and foremost, a God of love and compassion. Help me to avoid becoming like the judgmental, self-righteous Pharisees and scribes, and become more like Jesus – in my attitudes and treatment of others. Help me to be compassionate and forgiving, as You are with me. Help me to stop preaching the gospel of condemnation, and instead preach the Good News of Your grace and salvation that Jesus originally proclaimed. Amen.

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Thanks to brother Jeff Brown for sharing the following video:

See also: “Forgiving Eyes” by Michael Card
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laPFkFnHGlM


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Against Such Things There Is No Law

Our Christian lives can be compared to two different kinds of trees – one bearing good fruit, and the other bad. Jesus said “you will know them by their fruit.” The bad trees produce sour fruit, whereas the good tree produces sweet fruit because it has yielded itself to the cultivating and purifying presence of the Holy Spirit.

Since a good tree produces good fruit and an evil tree produces evil fruit. What sort of tree is your life?

The apostle Paul stated that the perfect Law of God is fulfilled in you through Messiah Jesus, if these fruits [or attributes] of the Holy Spirit are manifest in your life:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

Let us focus more on becoming more like Jesus in Character, and less on simply following religious rituals and external holiness, “Touch not, eat not,” and so on.

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” – Colossians 2:16-17

Jesus has cancelled the Old Testament written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Therefore, see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy and doctrines, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. (Col. 2:8,14).

–         Luis Yosefus

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