esus associated himself with a band of misfits when he walked the earth. These were the people he chose to be his closest allies, while he spurned the religious leaders of his day. He did not hold a personal grudge against the religious leaders simply because they were religious, but because they should have known better than how they lived their lives, and taught the people. They were hypocrites and and money chasers. Their hearts were not truly seeking after God. They loved the adoration of men and they were filled will with pride.
Jesus choosing of his disciples were the perfect example of what Paul the Apostle later said when he expressed that God chose the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Among Jesus disciples was a hated tax collector, lowly fishermen, a thief who later betrayed him and a bunch of ordinary men.
There was nothing special about these men, but their hearts were in the right place and Jesus recognized this. Jesus even saw something in the man who later betrayed him, and he knew that it did not have to go the way it did with him. That situation demonstrates how it is possible to make really horrible choices in the best situations.
Throughout his entire time on the earth, Jesus demonstrated over and over again that he had a heart for the lowly, the shunned, the scum of the earth, the outcasts, the rejects of society, the sinners. In fact, Jesus said, they that are well need not a physician. I came to call sinners to repentance.
It is a reciprocal relationship that Jesus wanted to establish with all those who would come to him. He demonstrated it with Zacchaeus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman who washed his foot with her tears, and the demon possessed man who he told to go and sin no more.
The reciprocal relationship begins when the sinner acknowledges his sins, looks to God and asks for forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and turns from sin. Jesus on the other hand pours out his love, forgives them, welcomes them, then gives them the grace to live the life that God is calling all men and women to live.
Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes unto the father but by me and he continues to invite people to experience the forgiveness of sin, and life changed that is possible when they trust in him. Come all you who heavy labor and I will give you rest says Jesus. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me and you will find rest unto your souls.
This message is offensive to many. It is narrow minded. To others it is plain nonesense. To those who receive it though it is peace with God.
No one has to believe it. God does not force himself on anyone, but those who do believe will find rest unto their weary souls.Be blessed!