When you read the gospels you see what Jesus was for... He was for the salvation of people, but He was also about grace, truth, love, forgiveness, mercy and justice. Jesus was for the orphan and the widow. He was for the down and out, the religious and the non-religious.

Jesus was for those culture had rejected... He didn’t avoid Samaritans, even though that was the norm for the Jews of the day. Jesus was for the slave, the master and the ruler. He was for the needy, the sick, the hurting, the abused, the broken, the rich and the poor. Jesus was the the tormented, the demon-possessed, the afflicted and those who were lame, deaf, and blind.

Jesus was for the tax-collector, which were despised by the people and He didn’t hide or run away from being called a friend of sinners. When He saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion but He never missed an opportunity to engage individuals as well.

Jesus was for women, men, children from all races and cultures... married and unmarried. He didn’t ignore the meek or the lepers, who would have been the outcasts of that time. Jesus is for the first, the last and everyone in-between.

Matthew 9:11 shows us He is for sinners because the religious leaders asked the disciples, "why does your Teacher eat with sinners?" Jesus was for the disciples and the critic, those with Him and those against Him. Jesus was for the rich young ruler of Matthew 19, He was for the religious leader named Nicodemus in John 3, as well as He was for the Samaritan woman in John 4. He was for those who betrayed Him, denied Him, and crucified Him, saying in Luke 23:34, "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do."

Jesus was for sinners and we see how that plays out in John 8 with the woman caught in adultery. We always seem to forget that there was a man caught also, but here the religious leaders wanted to "trap" Jesus. This woman deserved what the law prescribed, but Jesus gave her not what she deserved...

He extended grace and mercy. He was for her as a person, but He wasn’t for her sin as He says to her in verse 11, "go and sin no more." He didn’t condemn her, He saved her! Why?

Because we don’t get mad at lost things... we go looking for them! Just like Jesus!


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