How Low Can Jesus Go

 

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Take a few seconds and think of the worst person you know.

Maybe it’s someone how takes advantage of others all the time.
Or maybe it’s someone who has done some really evil things to someone else.
Perhaps, it’s that person who isn’t really doing things to others but is constantly doing things to themselves  with some type of substance.
It could possibly be someone who does some very shameful things routinely and openly.

Now ask yourself, are they at a place too low for Jesus to reach?

Is there still hope for them?luis-llerena-stocksnap-2

I think Jesus would say there is. Jesus would actually even say that’s the people he came for. Luke 5 gives a glimpse into how Jesus lived this out.

Luke 5 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Jesus went straight to the people that we might say are a lost cause. He went to those who society thought of as second class. If Jesus would have attended some kind of networking class, they probably would have advised him to stay away from the tax collectors and anyone considered a sinner, that’s if he wanted to have a respectable reputation among the high-class of that day.

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But Jesus wasn’t interested in fitting in. He had a purpose, to bring hope to the hopeless. He came to point people to their heavenly father. Jesus knew that humans are limited, but that God can do all things. He came to show that in him the outcasts were accepted, the sinners could be sinless and brought back into the family of God, and he came to show that people could come to God without having to go through the religious leaders of that day.

For Jesus, the lower the better because those who had reached the bottom had only one way to go – up. Whereas, those who thought they were not “that bad” felt like they didn’t have a need for a savior. How low will Jesus go? As low as it takes to reach the most wicked of sinners. Especially the ones who we think don’t deserve grace and mercy.

Paul, who wrote the majority of the new testament, put it this way in 1 Timothy 1: “ though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,  and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost”. Paul, who had been responsible for the murder of unknown amounts of Christians, had received grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. And not only that, Paul was appointed by Jesus to carry the message of that very same grace he received to the known world of that day.

Do you know someone who is at a place in their life that seems hopeless? Well, don’t lose hope. Trust that Jesus has the power to turn the hardest of heart into a heart that is surrendered to God. How low can Jesus go? Where ever there’s a soul that needs saving grace.