WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS Andy Hollifield 5-29-18
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
You’re not worth killing! That could have been said about a lot of us before we gave our heart and life to Jesus. His grace can make the worst sinner clean. I began to think about the fact that Jesus came to us where we were. Throughout the bible you find rejects. People that society has determined as worthless, unfit, unacceptable, or just plain unwanted. I am thankful that Jesus wasn’t that way. He came to draw sinners to him not turn them away. Matthew 9:11 says that a major complaint of the Pharisees was that Jesus ate and drunk with sinners. After they question his disciples, in verse 13 he answers; “…I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
As I look throughout scripture I find the cripple at the pool of Bethesda, the dead man who Jesus raised as he was being carried to his grave, the centurions daughter, and even Lazarus after he had been dead four days. the ones I am amazed by the most are those that Jesus acknowledged their sin. The woman taken in adultery, the woman at the well, the demonic of the Gadarenes, and the boy in Mark 9 that had constant seizures. The common thread of all of these is they could do nothing to help their condition but Jesus came to them where they were. Just to give some examples; he defended the adulterous woman from the Pharisees using only words. He proved himself to the woman at the well by telling her what her marital condition was in spite of his disciples opinion. He defended the demonic when the townspeople were afraid of what Jesus had done. He healed the boy with seizures even though his father struggled with doubt. One of the most remarkable stories is that of how he forgave Peter for denying him three times and used him to be instrumental in the spreading of the gospel to the Gentiles.
Everything from death and physical deformities to mental conditions and demon possession, Jesus took care of them all. Not one time did he ask someone to explain why they were worthy of healing and forgiveness. He just came to where they were and did what was needed in their life. He didn’t ask about their past but he forever changed their future. He told the woman at the well her sins and then explained that what she was seeking to fill the void in her life could be found in him.
Jesus has never changed his method of operation or invitation. It is still “whosoever will, let him come.” He’s not interested in our past but only in our future. The peace that our life is often lacking can be satisfied by his grace. The emptiness that many of us struggle to endure at times can be filled by his presence. He doesn’t require us to be better or do different but unlike the world, he will accept us just as we are. Our desires will change and we will want only to please him once we have taken our hands off the wheel of our life and given him control.
Sometimes we just get weary of life beating and banging relentlessly against us. To be weary is to be physically or mentally exhausted or even dissatisfied or have just had enough. He still offers peace, acceptance, and satisfaction. He loved us while we were yet sinners.