Devotional – The Liberator!
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!’ Luke 7:34 ESV
The enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ hurled at Him a seemingly endless barrage of insults and accusations. They accused him of overindulging in food and drink. “He’s a glutton and drunkard!” they shouted. They also accused Him of befriending societal outcasts– tax collectors and sinners!
They said these things to discredit Him. To shut Him up. To drive the common people of the day away from Him and His teachings.
Yet, what they failed to realize is their accusations were, in reality, ringing endorsements of Christ’s holy mission as the greatest of all liberators! A liberator? Yes! A liberator from the stifling, religious legalism of the Pharisees and the enslaving power of sin. Jesus Christ came to set people free so they might “have life and have it abundantly” John 10:10.
Are you enslaved by legalism and sin? Then allow the Lord Jesus Christ to set you free for “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36.
Jesus friend of sinners we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus friend of sinners the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to you but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided
Oh Jesus friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus friend of sinners break our hearts for what breaks yours*
*Jesus Friend of Sinners by Casting Crowns. https://www.castingcrowns.com/music/lyrics/jesus-friend-sinners Accessed 9/21/2015.
Editorial note: Originally published September 21, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com