O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the
earth[1.And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings Acts 17:26], and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those
who are far off and to those who are near[2.And He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. Ephesians 2:17]: Grant that people
everywhere may seek after you and find you, bring the nations
into your fold, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten
the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever.
Jesus is not the man at the top of the stairs; He is the man at the bottom, the friend of sinners, the Savior of those in need of one. Which is all of us, all of the time.
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Jesus, the friend of sinners. You know what that means? He’s my friend. He’s my close friend.
We can’t wall Jesus off as too sacred to be touched by the woman with the issue of blood. Or too holy to enjoy a dinner party a Zacchaeus’ house. We can’t keep Him locked away in a book during the week and pull Him out on church days. We can’t relegate Him to a far off Heaven and banish Him from where we are.
He’s near. He’s not too holy or sacred to be around you and your sin. How could He be distant since He came to live among us!? He’s as close as your thoughts. He’s as near as your heart.