Thursday, April 14, 2016

Friend of Sinners

   Jesus, friend of sinners. We've all heard this, and it's true. Jesus, friend of sinners. It has become cliche. Jesus, friend of sinners. But that's not all He was.
   Jesus was a sin-bearer. Due to the cross, He lost His perfection. He lived completely, totally without a single sin. Yet He willingly bore sin on that cross, and He did it for you, for me.
   More than that, Jesus took it a step further. He bore sin itself.

For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.                                                                                           ~ 2 Corinthians 5: 21

    Jesus bore the cult prostitute's sin. He carried the homosexual's. He bore the serial killer's and the terrorist of 9-11's as well. He took the adulterer's, the addict's, the abuser's, and the abortionist's. He carried the sin of the thief on the other cross. He bore all of that sin. He took something He had never known for us.
   Because He loved us. He wanted to heal us. He wanted to restore us. Because that is what a friend does. Jesus, friend of sinners. 

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