It struck me again this morning that there were two groups of people that Christ ministered to.
One group saw him as a source of hope and many came to Jesus to be healed from the physical burdens of life. Functionally, they saw Jesus as attractive.
But there was this other group, the ones that had a very rigid understanding of God and they looked at Jesus as a threat to their power and influence.
I can’t help wonder if those same two groups still exist in our world today. As we approach Easter in a month, there are those that are open to Easter and it is because they are lonely, hurting and know that life is not working.
And yes, there is another group that has deemed God as irrelevant. They have believed that they are not in need of that “religious stuff.” This group has hardened their hearts to a man named Jesus.
Here is a reminder as we approach Easter. We have a community, we have friendships and we have family that fit in the broken category and deep down they know it. Those people will be the ones that are open to Jesus and the gospel. Those are also the people that will be open to an invitation on Easter Sunday.
We will have invitation cards in your bulletins the weeks leading up to Easter. Plan to take a few and give them all away.
Jesus is the answer for brokenness… how about inviting them to the service and even go one step farther, invite them over to your Easter dinner to share the love of Jesus in a very tangible way.