Here’s to the Lowly

I’m listening to my pastor, Steve, right now and he asked a question that raised a thought.

“Who were the first Christians, the ones who were most attracted to Jesus?”

The answer is: society’s rejects. It was the broken and outcast who answered His call for spiritual and emotional release. They were former prostitutes and current slaves. Tax collectors and fishermen. Shepherds and stonemasons. Those who were so lowly that they had only one way to look — up. So they looked up to Jesus.

This truth points me back a thousand years to King David, back when he was a fugitive — a king waiting for his kingdom. In 1 Samuel 22, the narrator writes,
“Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him.”

The son of David and father David both were magnets for the broken. They offered hope to those without hope, and leadership for the lost. Jesus said that it’s not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick. In fact, His mission, as prophesied in Isaiah 61, was to “bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted; To proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

Gives a broken guy like me hope. I hope it does for you, too.

And now for a random picture:

A Celtic cross in an Irish church ruin