Listening to more political discussion on C-Span today, I heard discussion concerning gay marriage, civil unions, etc. Finally someone said, “Jesus hung out with sinners.” I often hear this mentioned. Indeed, Jesus came to sinners. The purpose of His coming to them, to us, was specific.He came to free us from bondage. He came to save us…to set us free.
This point that seems to somehow be missed again and again by so many is that Jesus RADICALLY CHANGED the sinners who heard His Words with open hearts. Jesus did not join up with sinners, join them in their sin, and leave them as they were. He revealed truth to them. He never excused the sin nor validated it. He uncovered it; made clear to all that not one was without it (see Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5). Many hated and rejected Him and remained unchanged in their own chosen ways. However, the ones whose hearts were pierced by revelation of truth, their lives were transformed. Their hearts became like Jesus’ heart, broken over sin. They then left their previous ways to follow Him. A pertinent point…they could not continue as they were and follow Him. Radical change was and is required.
Scripture tells us that many would someday have a “form of godliness, but deny the power thereof.” I see that happening all around in our world. We also find the words written in scripture assuring us we are “more than conquerors” in Jesus Christ who has overcome the world. We do not have to be slaves to our sin nature any longer. By the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in those who are in Christ, we can now walk according to the Spirit and not the flesh. How do we do this? By obeying Him, believing, walking, and living like one who is redeemed.
The power of the Holy Spirit can literally transform our desires and cause us to hate what we once desired and delight in what we, before, didn’t even know existed. His purposes, His Holy presence, His purity, His righteousness and truth are in and at the heart of those who are held in His Mighty and Worthy Hands.