By Eric Reeder
Founder and leader of RISEmovement
Jesus isn't afraid of sin. Jesus isn't turned away by sin. Matter of fact, Jesus is drawn to the results of sin. Jesus shows up to display forgiveness. He arrives when death is the result so life emerges. Jesus receives the brokenness leaving us with healing.
Jesus always offends the law and the "protectors of the law". He walks toward the very one rejected by the religious order and selects him. Taking it further, Jesus doesn't just call the tax collector to His company, He goes with Levi to his company. Jesus goes in the house with "sinners" and reclines. Relaxes. He goes right in there. Drawn. Compelled. Lead by Holy Spirit. Jesus only does what He sees Father do. He went to the rejected to give them belonging. He didn't stand on the street and call them to come outside. He went in. Jesus goes in where sin is.
We should expect that even in our own sin Jesus is stepping in. Even in areas of life we fall short, miss the mark, rebel, He is right in there with us. When shame, rejection, guilt wants to yell the loudest, He can be heard above the noise.
Jesus going in Levi's house messed with the "protectors of the law". They were offended and criticized Jesus. Jesus didn't seem bothered. He had brought His disciples and followers right into the house to be among the outcast, sinner, broken, law-breakers. The Pharisees wouldn't even talk to Jesus. But Jesus answered their criticism by say He came for the sick.
Sin drew Jesus. Sickness called Him in. Brokenness compelled Him. He couldn't stay away. He was/is the answer. It would be an injustice for Him to stay away. Love won't stay away.
Sin, sickness, brokenness isn't the final word. Jesus is. He never withholds Himself.
Sin doesn't keep Jesus from us. Sin produces brokenness. Jesus frees us from doing what causes brokenness. He shows us the way of Life and life full of abundance. He went in Levi's house so sin would no longer be the control of their life perpetuating sickness and destruction. Jesus runs toward sin so it's removed and we can live whole. He's like David running straight at the tyrannical giant. Jesus' goodness ends sin's tyranny so our lives aren't under the control of brokenness. Love can't stay away.
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.