You’re Insignificant!

The world says: You’re just one in six billion, of no importance to anyone!

You could cut the hatred of the religious leaders with a knife.

1Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:1-2 NIV).

Jesus answered the accusation by asking a question about a single lost sheep. The a shepherd’s flock one sheep out of a hundred is missing. Someone might say, “Why bother? It’s only a 1% loss. Forget about it!” But Christ and his hearers knew that in their pastoral society the shepherd would go to great lengths to seek even one that was lost. When found it would be tenderly cared for (the animal may have been injured) and the subject of rejoicing.

His story reproved the religious leaders who were not only willing that the majority be devalued, but also actively drove them away as unworthy. They based their evaluation on a flawed judgment that the common people were rebels against God, unworthy of His care. They missed the truth that God seeks all, even rebels and self-righteous relgious leaders.

Christ answers their attitude and actions: “You are right. Not only do the Father and I receive sinners, each one is valued beyond measure. They are so prized by me that I give myself to seek and save each one!”

 

 

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