Outwardly every time he turned around, there they were, the Pharisees, that Jewish spiritual/political group that hounded Jesus at every turn. They were relentless, and in the end, they conspired to have Jesus put to death.
Yet, there are three references, all found to Jesus having dinner using a Pharisee, in the Gospel of Luke. This willingness to truly have a meal with his enemies is indicative of Jesus’ readiness to love his enemies (Matthew 5:43-48).
Yet, there we have it; Jesus going from his strategy to dine with his enemies. This is a message that we at Christ Embassy must come to understand.
This openness to share a meal with those who despised him speaks volumes of Jesus’ want for people to continue socializing with those with whom we differ.
Before we possess the chance to make choices that result in further isolation we’re isolated. It’s, therefore, more vital than ever to heed the call of Christ and actively fall upon “our enemies.”
This call to see our enemies isn’t limited to Christ of eating with all the Pharisees ‘s example; it extends to what Christ decided not to do.
With infinitely less effort than it takes me to snap my fingers, Jesus Christ, God-made-man, could have wiped the Pharisees from the surface of the earth. Not only that, he could have removed all memory of them.
It is not very difficult to feel warranted in our hatred of “our enemies but the only real one who is genuinely warranted gave us a living example of mercy. In the place of obliterating the Pharisees, Christ shared http://download.cnet.com/Pastor-Chris-Digital-Library/3000-31713_4-75981920.html a meal together, and ultimately died for them.
Jesus shows us that sharing a meal with “our enemies” is not the limitation of how far we may be requested to go – for “our enemies perishing ” isn’t outside Amazing Christ Embassy the realm of possibility.
Yours in the Lord – The Christ Embassy