This is my last week of teaching. It's pretty exciting. Next week all the work starts at my new business. Just a warning... my blogging may have to take the back burner this summer, so I can work at my business. Not that I blog regularly anyways, so no one would probably even notice :)
I'm not really thinking of anything else to write here. Wow... my life must be getting pretty boring. I think I need a trip to Wonderland to give me some excitement :). I will share a verse to end today.
And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Two things about this passage that jumped out at me.
1. The publicans and sinners came to Jesus. He did not go to them. They sought Him out, they were searching. Some Christians will claim that because Jesus ate with sinners, we can also go to a place where sinners hang out to try and witness to them (ie. a party with excessive drinking, or a bar, etc.). But that's not what Jesus did. Jesus did not compromise His testimony or holiness by going to a place that would be wicked. That's the other thing. Jesus lived in such a way that the publicans and sinners wanted to now more about Him. They wanted to be near Him, to speak to Him, to spend time with Him. He must have been different. If Jesus were going to the places sinners hung out, they would not have a desire to know Him. He would be just like they were. He would be no different. Jesus' separation from sinners was what made them want to know more about Him! I believe that too many Christians look just like the world, and that is a huge cause of why more people are not responding to the gospel (I John 2:15-16).
2. Jesus tells the Pharisees to go and learn what it means to have mercy and not sacrifice. Well, the Pharisees didn't get it. Read Matthew 12:7, and you will see why. Jesus was actually quoting from Hosea 6:6 when He told the Pharisees this. So, if He wanted the Pharisees to learn what it means to have mercy and not sacrifice, I think He wants us to learn it too!