|Stained Glass, Rhine Abbey|
Jesus hangs out with the wrong people.
Jesus doesn't do religion according to tradition.
What's wrong with Him?
Well, the only reason Jesus' words are considered blasphemous - words like, "Your sins are forgiven" - is that His accusers don't believe in His deity. If you believe He's God, then there's no problem with Him speaking and acting like God.
Jesus hangs out with the 'wrong' people because some people think God shouldn't care about all people. But Jesus knows we all need a relationship with God. No exceptions.
Jesus doesn't do 'religion' because our purpose isn't to preserve tradition; our purpose is to celebrate the Lord.
What's wrong with Jesus?
Is that really the question?
We try to tame Jesus; fit Him into our flimsy little box. "Don't say that, Jesus!" "Get away from those people, Jesus!" "Get with the program, Jesus!"
Hmmm. Isn't the question really, "What's wrong with you and me?"
Pray: Lord, shut my mouth and open my eyes, my mind, my heart, to receive You as you really are.