Posted by: Terry | July 2, 2009

This man welcomes even me

“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15.2

The religious leaders meant this as an insult to Jesus, yet it brings me great comfort. When honest with myself I am confronted with my shortcomings and failures, but Jesus welcomes people like me, he would even have dinner at my house.

Long ago I put aside the self-help, New Age rhetoric that if we just got to know ourselves we would be OK, experience tells me that “I am OK, You’re OK” sounds good in public, but does not play well in private. Deep inside there is the certain memory of people I have hurt, rules I have broken, as well as failures and weakness. And try as I may I cannot get myself out of that by will power and effort.

BUT Jesus, the one perfect person, the creator and sustainer of the universe, welcomes people like me! In fact he took the entire penalty for all of my wrongs on himself so I would not have to suffer them. Then he adopted me into his family. Not only does he welcome me, he has made me part of his family. I am OK because HE is OK.

When others reject, when we even want to reject ourselves, Jesus says “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

Almost 50 years ago I began to trust in Jesus, and as rocky as the journey has been at times, the message of “this man welcomes sinners and eats with them” is more precious today than ever.

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  1. I am now having my cup of tea with God and this basic message of how God loves and forgives us is always one of joy and peace. How could we live without it???


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