Casey Reale

FRIEND OF SINNERS: MORE THAN PANTS

Casey Reale
FRIEND OF SINNERS: MORE THAN PANTS

FRIEND OF SINNERS: MORE THAN PANTS

I have climbed the highest mountains

I have run through the fields

Only to be with you

Only to be with you

I have run I have crawled

I have scaled these city walls

These city walls

Only to be with you

But I still haven't found

What I'm looking for

But I still haven't found

What I'm looking for (U2)

 

This song sang by the well known U2 front man Bono is echoing the pain that this world is feeling. Humanity trying to fill the God size hole  in their hearts, that was only meant to be filled by the Creator of the Universe.

We can see that nothing really has changed since Jesus walked the earth:

Mark 10:17-22 - As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Our perception of someone or something will determine our expectations.

This man approached the Lord of the Universe with “Good Teacher”. All he saw in Jesus was a teacher and nothing more. So Jesus is giving him an answer like a teacher. “Only God is good”. The man had many possessions and wanted a quick life advice, a fix, a quick answer, a couple of bullet points what to do to inherit eternal life. He completely missed the mark.

Jesus looks at him with love in his heart and points out the law, the commandments (as a good Rabbi would). The problem with the law - it never stops making demands. The law can’t change us, perfect us.

The law pretty much says “What must I DO to get eternal life? It is merely a mirror to show us who we are. It tells us the truth who we truly are

But what Jesus is saying next demands a complete life change of this rich man.

“Go and sell all your possessions and follow me”.

Jesus wanted a radical life change from him. He wasn’t out to make this guy a poor human, no, he knew there was more at stake.

What Jesus was trying to tell him was, that this man needed a savior, THE savior.

We all need a savior. We need somebody to come and rescue us because we can’t rescue us ourselves. It is impossible. It doesn’t matter how morally “right” you life or if you outweigh your bad with good. Fact is, we can’t live by a moral code. If we get to the end of our own moral code - that’s where Jesus comes in.

He came to redeem. He didn’t come to make bad people good, he came to bring dead people alive.

People that shift from looking at themselves to looking to the savior. People that see Jesus not just as a “good” guy, a nice philosophy. No, he IS LIFE. What he has done for humanity - you and me - demands all of our life’s response. Humanity needs to be ready to start thinking highly of Jesus again which will shift their perception of him, their expectations of him.

What a fantastic message this is. A creator that wants to have a true relationship with his creation. Why? Because “he looks at you with love in his eyes”

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