Scripture Reading: Luke 19:1-10
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which is lost.” -Luke 19:10
Jesus came for the broken, the sinners, for the ones that needed Him. How often have we been among the idle tongue waggers who are whispering “Did you see? He has gone to be the guest of a person who is a sinner!”
What we do not realize is that Jesus did not come for those who think they aren’t sinners or who think they are righteous. Those kind of people don’t need saving, now do they? Because, truly what would have been the point of our Saviour’s suffering and sacrifice on the cross if we did not need to be found or saved. If we thought that we were righteous enough to look down our noses at another and condemn him. There would have been no purpose for any of it.
I can only hang my head in guilt as I type these words. I’ve been among the ones who looked scornfully on at “The Zacchaeus” and judged his sinfulness. It’s a struggle I still still struggle with. Even though I myself know I am far from righteous. Pride wants to creep into my heart and cover up my own sinfulness. It tells me, “Well at least your better than that person.”
But the truth is no one is better than the other. It reminds of this graph design I saw recently.
This is how God sees us and our sins. Not one worse or better then the other. All equal in His sight. All in need of the one who came to seek and save that which is lost.
I don’t know about you but I for one am definitely one of the lost, and in need of saving by the Good Shepherd. So I have zero right to condemn. And Praise God!! He is willing to save a wretch like me!
Moral of the story: Always remember that I cannot save myself and that all sin is equal before our Lord. It is only through the perfect sacrifice of Christ that I am found and redeemed. Always, always stay humble 💝
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving sinners like me enough to come and save us. May I always stay humble and remember that You came for the broken, not the whole. I want to repent of my judgemental attitude and the pride that resides with in me. I ask that you may change my heart, help me to always remember that all sinners are equal in your eyes and in need of saving. I among them. Thank You for hanging on the cross for me. May the glory be to You forever and ever. In Jesus’ name. Amen
The Mennonite Wife