I was nothing, a zero, the least likely to succeed at anything. I was the ugliest, dumbest thing God ever created. I was lower than the earth, worth less than a grub to eaten by birds. There was nothing about me that anyone would desire.
Hear the cry of the masses:
“I’m too fat.” “I’m disfigured.” “People run when they see my scars.” “People turn away in disgust.” “I have Down’s Syndrome; I’m unlovable.” “I’m stupid.” “I’ll never amount to anything.” “We’re poor and starving. No one cares.” “I’m crippled, but no one pays any attention to my needs.” “My skin is the wrong color so people dont like me.”
There are people in the world who do care and who do reach out and make a difference. I am thankful and grateful for those people, but if you aren’t doing because it’s what Jesus would do, if you aren’t doing it to put a smile on His face, then you’re doing it for the wrong reason, and your reward is the thanks you get in this life. Col_3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
In spite of the efforts of kind, compassionate people, there are many who are homeless, abandoned, deserted, judged by others for the sins and crimes they’ve committed. The prostitutes, runaways, pedophiles, murderers, animal and child abusers, all treated as the scum of the earth. But we don’t know their stories. We don’t know what brought them to those places in their lives. It is not our place to judge. All who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day stand before Him, the supreme judge of the earth, and give an account before they are senteneced to eternal separation from Him in the lake of fire called hell. God will take no pleasure in passing the sentence, for He provided His only BEGOTTEN Son to take their punishment so they wouldn’t have to. It is not their sins that send them to hell, it is rejection of the precious gift God gave. The color of love is red: red for the blood that Jesus shed, not just on the cruel cross of Calvary, but when he was beaten into a bloody mess of flesh and bone by that cat-o’-nine-tails. It was by the blood He shed when the crown of four to six inch thorns thrust into his brow. It was the blood that oozed from His poor battered face when his beard was ripped out by handfuls.
Jesus didn’t have to go through any of that. He could have called angels to get Him off the cross and kill every magistrate and soldier in attendance. He could have gotten Himself off of the cross. Mat_26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Why do we use red as the color for Valentine’s Day? For Christmas? For Santa’s suit? Jesus had a bleeding heart. It bled for humanity, for the depravity, the anguish, the futility and desperation, for the homeless, the poor, the needy, the forgotten, the ignored, the wasted, the destitute, the despairing, the disfigured.
Luk_19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Eph_2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Col_2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
In God’s eyes, we are walking dead people until we realize our depraved state, our need for Him. Until we realize that we are indeed weak and poor, unable to control our own lives and destiny, we are dead. That’s why Jesus told Nicodemus that we must be “born again.” We need to have spiritual life breathed into us. He promises to give us new life, new direction, hope, peace, joy, an abundant life.
Does that mean He’ll give us everything we want and we’ll never have another problem? No. If we never have another problem we’ll forget we need Him. He will teach us, through the power of His Holy Spirit (who will take up residence in our hearts) how to deal with the problems that come our way. He will give us the peace that passes understanding (It won’t make sense to the rest of the world.). He will supply our every need.
I have a friend who is living off of Food Stamps and $109 a month. She loves and trusts God. It isn’t easy, but she’s discovering that she can be happy and content without a lot of “stuff” to clutter her life.
One final note: It is vitally important to understand that, regardless of what modern “versions” of the Bible say, Jesus is the only BEGOTTEN Son of God. As Christians, we are all God’s children; we are all sons and daughters. Jesus is the only One Begotten of God. Jesus had an earthly foster dad: Joseph. Joseph was married to Mary and raised Jesus as his own son, but Jesus was begotten of God the Father. The KJV seems to be the only version that has not taken away Jesus’s deity.