Genesis 1-3 Daily Word

The Daily Word

The Authority to Forgive Sin

By Laura Martin

Levi hosted a dinner at his home for Jesus and the disciples. The dinner party also included tax collectors and sinners––in other words, people who had specifically violated God’s law. As the scribes and Pharisee’s questioned Jesus about His decision to associate with this part of the community, Jesus reminded them of His purpose. Jesus came to seek the lost. Jesus came to save people from their sins, not to look down on them. Jesus came to dwell among the sinners.

As a believer in Christ, you are called to be Jesus’ love to sinners. You aren’t called to live in holy church huddles. You aren’t called to remain inside the church building on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights and only share God’s love in your small groups or Bible study class. Those times are great for encouraging the Body of Christ. However, as a child of God, you are called to GO OUT. You are called to live among sinners and reflect Jesus’ love. He promises to empower you, to give you strength, and give you the words to say when you go out as His witness. Today, ask the Lord to give you eyes to see the “sinners and tax collectors” in your community. And then, go sit with someone you normally wouldn’t. Invite a family over to your home who doesn’t go to your church. Go out of your way to love someone like Jesus does. You are a light of the world.

“When Jesus heard this, He told them, ‘Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do need one. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.’”

Mark 2:17

Further Scriptures

Matthew 1:21 — “She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save people from their sins.”

John 1:14 — “The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Acts 13:47 — “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”