Q76 ” how come Jesus cared for prostitutes ?”

There are some things that are just plain politically incorrect, befriending prostitutes has got to be one, not to mention hanging around with lepers, thieves, extortioners… the scum of the earth. They made their bed – they should lie in it, let ’em rot in hell… etc. etc.

It seems inconceivable in this age of squeaky clean Christianity that Jesus could have turned a blind eye to such unrighteousness. If a drunk or a druggie or a hooker should walk into our church meetings it would bring us completely undone, it would totally unsettle our sense of order. Jesus didn’t even put stipulations on their company, he just said g’day and gave them a hug, and that was that.

Didn’t He notice, or didn’t He care? Was their behaviour of concern, or was there something far more important at stake? Didn’t He realize that His reputation as Mr. Clean was at stake.

Here’s what I think; there was primarily only one thing He was interested in, it wasn’t what people were doing, or how they were living, it wasn’t even whether they were particularly involved in religious pursuits – it was getting them out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light.

When Jesus looked at everyone – from the most respectable to the most abhorrent, they all fell into one category – “unsaved“. There was no scale of respectability, none that were closer to heaven than the other… all of mankind was terribly lost, totally separated from God and desperately damaged by sin… inseparable from each other in every way ~~ except that the worst of sinners knew they needed help.

That presented Jesus with an opportunity that the ‘goody two shoes’ missed out on ~~ vulnerability, (need + desperation = receptivity) , God’s grace had a way in… this group of desperados would grab the life line He was offering, because they knew in themselves they had no hope, nothing, zip.

Fast forward 2000 years: what is religion saying? measure up, shape up or ship out, get your act together… you’ve got to be kidding. What has happened to the most valuable message in history? has it become an institution? has it become conditional on our good works? have we added our goodness to Christ’s because of some notion that His perfection is lacking in ‘the saving stakes’.

We can’t let it happen, His blood is too precious to spoil with our misguided religious conscience… only He saves, only Jesus.

Prostitutes get it, so does pretty much every section of our desperately needy society… when will the church get it? Jesus didn’t come to turn us into good doers, he came to set us free from our inability to do good, so that we can depend, rest, surrender to His goodness.

Graeme

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Married to Angela (very happily), 4 grown-up kids, 3 grandkids. Christian blogger with a focus on "renewing the mind" Building designer by trade, writer by some crazy notion. From near Melbourne, Australia.
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4 Responses to Q76 ” how come Jesus cared for prostitutes ?”

  1. mtsweat says:

    Powerful message good friend! The life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ. Terminally ill and dead people need no good works, we need life. We need to be born again, born from above… given life abundant! Just as dead trees will yield no fruit, dead people can’t possibly bring forth good works… try as we might. As your words lead, if we can just get the horse back before the cart, plenty of fruit will flow from living trees planted by the River of Life. Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! I’m very fond of your insistent proclaiming of Him alone. Blessings

    • mybroom says:

      thank you my friend. So glad you noticed my agenda – Christ and Him crucified – Jesus Jesus Jesus – fix your eyes on the author of life… I’m planning to keep it up for at least about 285 days. cheers, G

  2. rickroehm says:

    God’s mercy, love, and compassion sees beyond any sinner’s social standing. Jesus never put any sinner down… nor did He ever put Himself above any sinner in any condition of sin. Jesus was not partial to sin or sickness. Jesus was not partial to prostitutes, whoremongers, fornicaters, adulterers, drunkards, etc. God’s mercy, love, and compassion looks beyond the root of sin and the acts of sin. Mercy, love, and compassion firstly and foremost”wins” sinners to repentance and gives sinners hope for a better life found in Christ.

    Mark 2: 15-17…And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Amen. It is His goodness in us that will send us to all the world and share it with all whom He calls – there are no limits, Praise the Lord.

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