The Blessed Insult
When I was a kid, I used to argue and fight with my brothers and sisters. One of our ‘go to’ lines in our war of words was this annoying little reply, “I know you are, but what am I?” Every insult was turned back on the insulter with that juvenile little response. In the life and ministry of Jesus, His enemies never stopped trying to attack His holy name, calling Him everything in the book and worse. Yet, one of the insults turned out to be one of the greatest things ever said about Him. I call it the “Blessed Insult.” The enemies of Jesus said this, that Jesus was "a friend of tax-gathers and sinners.” Jesus is a friend of sinners … He didn't come to condemn us, He came to save us. And He wants us separate from our old way of life and tell the world that Jesus loves them, too. Now that offers Real Hope.