Is Jesus just a bit too “common” for you? Is the truly Human One too human for your taste?
Don’t answer too quickly.
Jesus once said:
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon.” Yet the Human One came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” But wisdom is proved to be right by her works. (Matthew 11:18-19 CEB)
Jesus refers to himself as “the Human One” and with whom, we might ask, did he spend his humanity? Apparently he spent enough time with “tax collectors and sinners” that such got noticed and got tagged for it. Understand who we’re talking about Jesus hanging with here. The despised of society. The cultural outcasts. The misfits and square pegs.
I’ve been a Christian now since my teen years. Thirty-six years this coming February to be exact. What that means is that the overwhelming majority of my connections in life are with fellow long-time Christians. I have to go out of my way, far from my comfort zone, to spend any significant time with “tax collectors and sinners.”
Do I? Do you?
News flash: the Human One still hangs with the “tax collectors and sinners” today. And if I want to spend time with the Human One, I simply must spend some time with the “tax collectors and sinners.”
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus may your common love for all, uncommonly good, flow freely through me to others. All others, I pray. Amen.