May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021    Marlon Mathre
If it weren’t for sinners, He wouldn’t have had any friends.

John 8 tells the story of the ‘church people’ that caught a woman in the act of adultery. The church people told Jesus that Moses taught she should be stoned to death for that act. However, Jesus said to the accusing church people in essence, “Sure go ahead. By the way, you that have never sinned or done anything wrong, you go ahead and be the first to throw the stones at her.” We know the story well. All the ‘church people’ realized they too were guilty of sins and went away a little less condemning. I’d say Jesus suddenly became that sinful woman’s best friend.

How about the thief on the cross? The thief was guilty and death by crucifixion was his punishment. He admittedly was a sinner. And Jesus saved him. Not by miraculously taking him off the cross. No, He saved him for all eternity. You can be sure that sinner found the best friend he could ever hope to find.

Consider the guy that has gone to church all his life. Even knowing what the Bible says. Consider that sinner that still sins, even knowing right and wrong. Most people would probably say, “Stone him!” or they might even quote scripture and say, “The wages of sin is death!” And they would be right. But my Best Friend says, “But the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ!”
Praise God! As Pastor would say, “I could almost start preaching” Jesus is my best friend. Knowing Him will make a world of difference!

Isn’t it something? Jesus seemed to always gravitate to the sinners…
For that, I am eternally grateful!