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Lenten Devotional – March 31, 2019

By: Michael Sonnenburg

Readings: Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32; Psalm 32 (11)

What Would Jesus Do? Simply answer: Jesus would love, welcome and affirm all no matter what.

In Luke 15: 1-2, it is written: “Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming to near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’” Yes, Jesus welcomes in those who are sinners and breaks bread with them. How often do we pass by those who are different than us or scoff at the idea of inviting someone to dinner? We are all sinners and yet we often hold ourselves on a higher pedestal than others. Those with the least to offer, often offer the most. Those with the most, often offer the least. Jesus would give what he had so that others may eat. Jesus would give what he had so others would be clothed. Jesus would not talk about someone behind their back. Jesus would be gracious about someone’s differences and accept them, unconditionally, just as he gave himself to die on the cross for each of us unconditionally.

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