Christ salvation

Kolar: Salvation is a Gift – The Dickinson Press

Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.”

Think of the most corrupt and despicable person you know. Now imagine Jesus choosing that person from a crowd of adoring fans and honoring such a person by spending time with them eating and talking in their home while you watch them walk away. It’s a hard picture to see – a hard thing to imagine. We’d like to believe that Jesus would choose us instead, because, well… we’re better, more deserving, more worthy of Jesus’ time, aren’t we?

In the story of Zacchaeus, the wealthy tax collector, we read such a thing. And boy, did the moans follow. “Look at this, will you! He’s going to stay with that sinner! Of course, the implication was that he should have chosen them instead, because…well…they’re not ALSO sinners? Jesus wasn’t interested. by the Pharisaics. He said it himself: “The Son of man came to seek and to save the lost. ” If we do not consider ourselves lost, we do not need Jesus at all, n ‘is this not ?

Instead of complaining about who gets Jesus’ attention, perhaps we should consider the value of a contrite heart – like Zacchaeus’. In the presence of Christ, he experienced a transformation of the soul. He offered to change his ways and make amends for the harm he had caused the quadruple. We should be happy for the lost who find their way to Jesus, not jealous. There is room at Jesus’ table for everyone.

Perhaps the key is to learn to think of ourselves as strangers looking within, instead of insiders hoping to keep strangers out. Salvation is a gift. It’s up to anyone to take it. We won’t get less if someone else also gets the gift. So let us open our arms to our brothers and sisters, whose sins are no worse than ours, and who are equally loved in the eyes of the Creator.