The Heart of Jesus

The Heart of Jesus

Reflecting on the heart of Jesus today. Jesus did not follow the rules of man but the heart of God.

The world said there is not a seat for you at this table.

Jesus dined with sinners, sitting among tax collectors and prostitutes.

The world said lepers were filthy, unclean outcasts, shunned by society.

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the leper.

The world declared the bleeding woman untouchable and unacceptable.

Jesus stopped the blood with just one touch of his garment.

The world said Samaria was to be avoided at all costs.

Jesus passed directly through Samaria.

The world said Samaritans were unclean in God’s eyes, and Jews were to have nothing to do with them.

Jesus, a Jewish man, spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, witnessing to her and providing her with some of the best testimony in all of the Bible.

The world said Gentiles were dangerous because they did not share the same faith and religion.

Jesus said otherwise, ministering to the Gentiles, recognizing them as “other sheep…who are not of this fold” and teaching them anyway.

The world said condemn, punish, and cast aside the adulterous woman.

Jesus said, let her alone and let me.

The world said sinners are outside the law of salvation.

Jesus, hanging from the cross, whispered, “It is finished.”

The world of Jesus fought to protect the dominant faith and culture, keep insiders in and outsiders out, build walls, hang Keep-Out signs, cast aside, avoid, ignore, forget, punish.

Jesus said bring them to me.

Jesus included the rejected, women, outcasts, foreigners, sinners, the sick, and even lawbreakers.

He loved the unloved during a time when the basic theme of religion was to divide, to categorize people into insiders and outsiders, clean and unclean, accepted and rejected, lawful and lawless, worthy and unworthy.

Not much has changed.

The challenges facing our country today are not much different than Jesus’ time.

I will continue to look to Jesus’ heart for the oppressed and marginalized.

I will continue to speak out against efforts to return to a time of “us” versus “them” mentality.

I will heed Jesus’ words…

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” John 10:16

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