I donít see what all the excitement is about. Itís disgusting how all these people hang around Him. Itís not like Heís in with the right crowd.
So true. Heís done some pretty miraculous things, but why does He have to ruin it by the people He hangs around with?
I know where youíre coming from. But, well, Iím sure you both know that my wifeís brother, Daniel, was in jail last year for charging too much for his grain.
Didnít he fix his scales or something?
Yeah, I guess. Well, anyway, Dan was in Capernanum last week and went to see what this crowd of people was gawking at, and Jesus was there. My sister said Jesus looked through the crowd until He spotted my brother-in-law and then worked His way through the people until He was standing right in front of him. She said Jesus smiled at Dan, said a few words to him, and embraced him warmly. My wife says she has never seen her brother so happy. Heís changed somehow.
Thatís your story. I donít think I would follow a man that actually liked being with sinners.
ĎBirds of a feather flock togetherí, you know. I heard this ďprophetĒ was seen eating with some very disreputable people last week.
Talking with folks is one thing, but eating with them is a little too much, donít you think?
Still, last Monday Dan stopped by and had a pleasant visit with my wife, Miriam. Until now I donít think he has spoken a civil word to her in two years.
If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldnít you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it? And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders. When you arrived you would call together your
friends and neighbors to rejoice with you, because your lost sheep was found.
That makes sense.
Well, in the same way heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who havenít strayed away.
(Citizens 1 & 2 look thoughtfully at citizen 3)
All I know is that my brother-in-law is a changed man. Yesterday I caught him humming!
Jesus still seeks out the lost. Itís comforting to know that He loves the unlovely, and that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He exchanges our cold and angry hearts for hearts of love and forgiveness. Jesus reassures us with these words: ďFor I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.Ē (John 12: 47b) And all of heaven rejoices over the once lost sinner that now is found.