By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Then drew near unto Him all the publicans and sinners to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmered saying, 'This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.' And He spoke this parable unto them saying,'What man of you, having one hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders rejoicing.And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.I say unto you that, likewise, joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."Luke 15:1-7Today's Read: Luke 15; Isaiah 53------There's a silent war taking place in this passage between two people groups: -Between the socially elite and the social outcast.-Between the religious superiors and the spiritually lost.-Between the social winners and the social losers.-Between lovers of men and lovers of God.But only one side wins with Jesus.Contrary to all that the world speaks to and all that the world seeks out,Jesus speaks with a different voice of a different theme to a different people group.Jesus loves with a different love and an unbiased grace those deemed as society's "forgettables."Jesus sweeps up the remnant of sinners and losers and draws them into an irresistible, unforgettable, special kind of deep love.With a forcible blend of passion and compassion, He woos the broken soul with redemptive love, and clarifies the manner of what it means to love.Hoisting the "lost one" over holy and able shoulders,He displays a supreme desirability and favorability toward "that" one.He loves openly.Society's losers becomes the " visible display" by which the love of God is clearly manifest and expressively and openly revealed.And the losers become the winners and "ride home" on the prize.------It wasn't the "redeemed" that took issue with God, it was the religious. Jesus didn't abide by society's rules,And He didn't conform to elitist and "religious" standards.He didn't play by men's rule books and He wasn't encumbered by men's thoughts.He was totally bent on fulfilling a misunderstood mission to His Father that involved men's souls.And come hell or high water, of which He defeated both,Jesus stuck to that mission and completed it with open accuracy on earth before parting to an endless eternity with His Father, illustrating and demonstrating what men we ought to be and with what manner we are to love.We must examine the manner in which we love others, dear reader,And let the message of the "one" who rides on our shoulders be our testimony.No words needed.------Three Study Considerations:1) Read today's passages and alter your life accordingly.2) Ask the Lord to lead you to someone who needs an "open lift" and display sincere and open identification with another in the way that you love.3) Where you haven't loved well, confess it to the Father, and invite Him to extend graciously to "you" a new opportunity. -----
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