When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. ~Matthew 9:36
Jesus spoke to large crowds filled with disciples, curiosity seekers, and opponents.
He didn’t change His message based on whom was in the crowd. His expectations were (and still are) the same for those who followed Him and those who would not.
I remember being taught that the Bible is God’s “love letter,” written to His people. The point being made was that it is for Christians. No one else would understand it, or be able to follow it. To expect it of them was foolishness on the part of Christians. At the time, I believed that teaching.
I still understand that the Lord left His people the scriptures so we would be well-informed about who He is and what he expects of us. This is a loving gesture. No Christian can claim ignorance of His Law, at least in America where you have easy access to a Bible.
Today, many Christians want to limit the kingdom of God to His people. He has planted Himself in our hearts and, though we may touch the lives of a few others, we seem to think that His kingdom is limited by the work we do in evangelism.
God’s “Love letter” says something different.
He says His kingdom is in our midst. (Luke 17:21). In Matthew 12:28, Jesus said, “But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Obviously, this verse is talking about His kingdom on earth, where He was casting out demons.
Jesus talked of His Kingdom and the Apostles “proclaimed the Kingdom” (Luke 9:2). Peter and all of the disciples understood the need to continue teaching so people would see Christ as King (Acts 17:7; 1 Timothy 6:15). Kings make the Laws of kingdoms.
God made everything. He set the rules for everything; biology, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, government, family, marriage, the church, and even friendship. There is nothing for which we cannot find His instructions.
God’s Word is truly a love letter for all.
Everyone, believer and unbeliever, who lives by His Law will live in peace insofar as we live by His Word. When we claim that God does not rule all of life, that he is the King of only Christians, we deny the scope of His power and authority in the world, and others are deceived.
Paul said, “And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:3)
There are many who are still harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Do we act as a letter from Christ, delivering His loving Word to them? Even the curiosity seekers and opponents?
I love serving Jesus Christ as one who “feeds His sheep”. It is my desire to teach God’s Word diligently, with reverence and awe for the Source of the truths I teach, and with an engaging, and sometimes witty, delivery so that the hearers will not just listen but do what it says.