If you were to describe Jesus, what would you say? What pictures come to mind?
I’ve heard many answers, both biblical and non-biblical.
It's very important that we see Jesus accurately and not recreate Him as we would like him.
One passage that shocks many people is Luke 7:34: “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’”This passage could be read as “He was dismissive of sin.” Or“Jesus was a partier like everyone else!” But is that true?
Kevin Deyoung of the Gospel Coalition says, “Jesus was a friend of sinners not because he winked at sin, ignored sin, or enjoyed light-hearted revelry with those engaged in immorality. Jesus was a friend of sinners in that he came to save sinners and was very pleased to welcome sinners who were open to the gospel, sorry for their sins, and on their way to putting their faith in Him.”
Jesus came to seek and save the lost…from sin. Jesus was not dismissive of sin, and yet He came to save the world. He was committed to outreach to all people. That’s Jesus, and He’s our Savior.
Reflect: Read John 3:16-17, Matthew 9:9-13, 11:16-19; Luke15:1-2. What do these passages teach about Jesus?
Respond: Who is far from God that you need to spend “gospel” time with? Contact them and begin to gain a Christ-like reputation.