"My little daughter is dying," [Jairus] said. "Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live."
Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.
— Mark 5:23-24 NLT
We can easily make Jesus into a two-dimensional caricature of himself. He loved the poor, the weak, the downtrodden, the forgotten, and the marginalized and spoke harshly of those who abused their power and those who were hypocritical in their religion. Reality, however, dictates that we recognize that Jesus loves all people regardless of their social standing, economic circumstances, religious identity, gender, race, or background. Jesus came looking for those seeking God and recognized their need for God's work in their lives. So Jesus went with this man who was in many ways similar to those who would persecute and oppose him and would ultimately demand his crucifixion. Why did he go? Because he loved the man and because the man recognized his need for Jesus' help. This understanding leaves you and me with three important messages:
- Jesus loves us no matter what our background or past may be.
- He longs for us to admit our need for him and ask for his help.
- As Jesus' followers, we are called to love all people, too!
Lord God, Sovereign over all creation and the Father of all nations, please open my heart and my eyes to love all kinds of people like your Son demonstrated during his earthly ministry and now does from heaven. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.