Day Three- Jesus lived among the needy Passages: Mt. 9:11, 12, 11:28-30
Mt. 9;11, 12 The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? He heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.”
Mt. 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The Lord took favor upon the poor, oppressed, blind, sick, needy, crippled, lame, women, Samaritans, lepers, children, prostitutes and even tax collectors! – All of those at the bottom of the social pyramid. The Lord, Jesus Christ came for all men, to serve. But those who were hurting were the ones who wanted his help. (Kinnaman, 132) They were the ones who sought him out. They were the ones who accepted and really needed the Lord. Not everyone will want our help. Not everyone will desire our love and servant attitude.
Jesus faced the Pharisees and “religious leaders” who were not hurt or sick. They rejected, mocked, and persecuted him. The same will apply to us as Christians.
Also remember that Christ might want you to serve people that you never expected. Christ might be calling you to work with the poor, the sick, those who do not look like you, smell like you, or have the same background as you do. That is okay. Expect it. Do not be afraid to reach out to anyone. This might take some humility. But as we learned in our last lesson, this is what we learned from Christ.
One last note, Jesus can and wants to use you. He wants you to be salt and light (Mt. 5:13-16). He can and will use you if you are willing and ready to be humble and to be a servant to men. Remember who, Jesus Christ selected to be his disciples! They were the on the lowest end of the social totaled pole in Israel. They were “average Joes,” stinky fishermen, craftsmen, and yes, even a tax collector. The Lord wants to use you. Will you serve?
Day Three- Jesus lived among the needy
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