Everyone seems to be looking for friends lately. We can now ‘friend’ and ‘like’ just about anyone and anything. Friendship is a necessary order in society. It helps people feel wanted, create a sense of belonging, gives them a ‘feel good’ factor.

In The Bible, Jesus was also called a friend by the Pharisees. But they did not ‘friend’ and ‘like’ Him the way we understand those terms today. Instead, they called him “a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Matthew 11:19)

What was meant as an insult from man, God made into such a glorious title.

Indeed, when Jesus walked on earth, He went about associating and ministering to the social outcasts, the shady characters. He even looked up a tree one day and saw a tax collector by the name of Zacchaeus and said to him,

“Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Luke 19:5

Not only does Jesus want to spend time with the chief tax collector, probably the most hated man in the city because he took money from his own people and gave it to the Roman rulers, Jesus “must stay” at his house. There is something about sinners that attracts Jesus to them.

“And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”” Mark 2:16-18

What a blessed revelation from our loving Savoir.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

Truly what a friend we have in Jesus. He came to the world to save us. He reaches out to us, even now.

It is recorded for us that there were two people Jesus felt He must meet; the Samaritan lady at the well, and Zacchaeus. In the case of the former, she was just going about her business, not deliberately seeking Him. But He sought her. He made the first move and reached out. In the case of the latter, the apostle Luke tells us that,

“Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.” Luke 19:1-4

Regardless of whether they were looking for Him or not, Jesus felt that He needed to minister to them. And in the same manner, He is looking for you and He must pass your way today, whether you wanted Him to or not.

My friend, Jesus wants to ‘add’ you to His circle. He wants to ‘friend’ you and ‘like’ you. Will you accept His ‘friend’ request? Will you ‘add’ Him too?

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