Who is at Your Table?

I was reviewing a list on the miracles of Jesus in preparation for a sermon series on a related topic I’ve been working on…wrestling in my head (working implies putting something on paper. I have not done that yet. It seems I always end up preaching the moment I start writing things down. Hopefully this blog entry does not count.)

I noticed something very basic. The common things tend to become so implied we tend to commonly not think about them. Consider just a few of the miracles Jesus used as signs to point to who He is:

  • Water into wine (I like Alexander Pope’s statement about this event “The conscious water saw its master and blushed.”)
  • Official’s son healed
  • Paralyzed man, Withered hand, Widow’s son raised
  • Jairus’ daughter, two blind men, demon possessed man
  • Man crippled for 38 years healed
  • Blind men
  • Lazarus brought back from the dead

Just a few here to make the point (recall John tells us in 21:25 that they would run out of paper telling all Jesus did.) What is intriguing is the commonality that the people who Jesus spent His time with were people who had frailties. All kinds of issues and problems, weaknesses and failures, sins and brokenness. It almost appears that He was drawn toward them more than the social elite, the prideful, the ‘I have it together, you have the problem’ type of people. Healing extended to those in real need, hence His discourse to the Pharisees that He had come for those who were sick (Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32.) The irony of that is when you put the implications into application.

Are you righteous? Are you well? Or has Jesus come to you? Do you have it all together now, has he fixed you to be on your own? Or has He made His abode in you and among us? The Christian paradigm is one where we ought to be say without hesitation I am sick, helpless, and utterly sinful being. How else will you completely need Jesus if that is not your conclusion?

In all our attempts to be Christlike after salvation we tend to stray from the things that demonstrate most that God has to be doing (and sustaining) a noble work within us. Anyone can read a scripture…and rightfully so we should be. But to let that word permeate your life is impossible apart from a sovereign God. I mean Jesus says to us ‘they will do even greater works’ (John 14:12) than He did. How are you going to pull that off?

As my small group journeys through Expriencing God Together I pray that Godly affections for the lost demonstrate a heart set ablaze by the Gospel. Jesus spent His time with people who were not ‘polished.’ Here is the test of a persons faith in the right context. Do you have an affinity for those who are presently distracted by broken things in the world?

  • Are you willing to weep over a city, your house, those who reject your love, etc. and then still walk toward your own personal demise so that the Gospel can live?
  • Are you found with those paralyzed by their own sin, by what they have been born into and extend healing to them as best you can?
  • Who is at your dinner table? Who is welcome into your home? Do they all  look like you?

I think the one of the great privileges of our redemption is that WE get the opportunity to see the horrid reality of sin, the offense it is to God, and then to learn daily to love people in spite of it. Is that a privilege? This is afterall what has happened to you.

He who knew no sin, bore the brundt of all of Our sin so that WE could be righteous in Christ.

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