Forgiven Much; Love Much

I use to joke that if I lived in New Testament times (and were a man), I would have been more like the Pharisees. I believe Jesus would have made me uncomfortable with His forgiving everyone, breaking the law by healing on Sabath, allowing prostitutes to touch him. I don’t think the Pharisees were necessarily bad people. They were law followers. Following the law can give you a sense of...

Compassion

When the Pharisees saw a person who was sick or hurting, they sought to place blame: Did the person sin, did their parents sin? (John 9:1) And while these questions made for great philosophical debates, no one was healed, or changed, or rescued. When Jesus saw someone hurting and in pain, He had compassion. He didn’t blame their parents or the person. He never said, “Well if you had not...

Compassion

A lifetime of being rejected. A lifetime of being ridiculed, spit upon, begging to eek out an existence. The physically disabled in this society was thought to be cursed by God. So they were treated as if they were the dregs of the earth. Literally for fun, they would put obstacles in the path of the blind to watch them fall. On this day when two blind men heard Jesus...