Jesus Is A Friend To All: Devotion

23rd August 2011 by Bill Davis
Jesus was the friend of sinners. He ate with sinners. He ministered to sinners. When asked why He associated with sinners, Jesus pointedly said; Mark 2:17; “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Read Mark 3; Jesus is in the synagogue on the Sabbath when a man with a shriveled hand comes to Him. Jesus was being watched very closely to see if He would heal on the Sabbath. They were looking for a reason to find fault in Him. Jesus could have waited until the Sabbath was over or even taken the man aside where they could not be seen. But what does He do? Jesus tells the man, “Stand up in front of everyone.” He then ask the very simple question; “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” And then, Jesus healed him. This is the kind of Jesus I follow. One that is not afraid to take a stand. Often the unconditional love for God and neighbor makes enemies. Loving and truthful confrontation is often a sure way to make enemies, but to avoid confrontation is often to refuse love to another. II Timothy 3:12; “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” James 4:4b; “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”  Jesus is not saying we need to try and upset people just to prove a point, but He is saying we need to get out of our comfort zone. Go hug a leper. Help a homeless or addict. Let Jesus out of the box! Certainly there is risk in loving the unlovely, or worshiping with the unsaved and theologically challenged. The issue is not to create enemies, but to be willing and eager to be faithful to Jesus and His commandments.
 
Bill Davis

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