FRIEND OF SINNERS

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Jesus, The Friend of Sinners

While I was walking this morning I enjoyed listening to a Ravi Zacharias message on the New Age movement. Ravi speaks so clearly about deep philosophical issues. I admire him so much! Then I turned on my WALK playlist. As usual it starts off with Hillsong Worship’s All Things Are Possible (a good anthem for that third lap!). The next song in the mix was Breaking My Fall. Those opening words touched my heart: So easily I fall, so easily you reach your hand out. And then that passage came to mind…”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 11:19). 

This description of ‘friend of sinners’ is offered in derision from religious people. It is said in such way as to indicate that there is something wrong with being the friend of sinners. A great challenge of Christians today is to accept this mission. But we do have a lot of choices when it comes to our relationship to sinners.

  • We can turn our nose up and ignore them.

  • We can join them in their sin and revelry.

  • We can ignore their sin and be nice to them.

  • We can preach against them, in case one shows up at church.

  • We can get to know them. This takes time and doing things together.

  • We can learn to love them.

  • We can tell them about Jesus.

It appears to me that being the friend of sinners is not simply being their buddy. It means that through relationships we find ways to share with them the most important information of all … the love of Christ and it’s saving power. I am glad that Jesus is the friend of sinners … so that he can be my friend.

Breaking My Fall – Jeremy Camp 

So easily I fall, so easily you reach your hand out
So quickly will I drown, in all the pools of all my reason
So easily will I fear, so easily will your peace surpass me
So quickly will I trust, in anything I think is worthy

How many times you make the waves calm down
So I won’t be afraid now
I say you’re breaking my, breaking my fall
What am I suppose to do

How precious are your thoughts
The way that you think about me
How faithful are your ways
I always feel you grace abounding
How quickly will I call
How quickly will you answer my cry
How carefully will you bring everything I need in my life

How many times you make the waves calm down
So I won’t be afraid now
I say you’re breaking my, breaking my fall
What am I suppose to do

This narrow road I’m walking,
This world will I try to draw
Your work will help me fight it
With you I’ll face it all

I say you’re breaking my, breaking my fall
What am I suppose to do

 

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