What If We Welcomed Outsiders? by Sean Finnegan

Mark 2:13-17 After calling Levi the tax collector to come and follow him, Jesus spent an evening eating with many tax collectors and sinners. People did not like tax collectors since they were taking money from the Jewish people to give to the Romans who had occupied Judea for nearly a century. The Pharisees questioned Jesus’ decision to spend time with this kind of people.

Mark 5:1-20
A man who had lived in a cemetery, naked and out of his mind, approached Jesus. His fellow villagers had bound him with shackles and chains, but he broke out of them as the demons seized him and drove him out into the desert. Yet, Jesus didn’t run away or avoid this man. He cast out the spirits and showed him compassion.

John 4:3-43
Jesus sat and talked with a Samaritan woman at a well. Unlike most of his dealings within Galilee and Judea, he wasn’t shy about revealing his messianic identity with her. As it turned out, she was an effective and eager evangelist such that the whole town came to hear and believe in Jesus.

Luke 10:25-37
When asked by a Bible expert his definition of a neighbor, Jesus replied with the parable about the good Samaritan. Jesus set up the story just right, having the least likely person in the world helping the wounded man. Thus, Jesus shows us that true godly love should break through political, ethnic, and even religious barriers.

What about us? What if we welcomed outsiders?

Luke 19:10

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

Will you be like Jesus? Will you do your part to seek out and save the lost?

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