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Jesus and the Deplorables

Recently, I was reading in the Gospel of Mark. Chapter 12, verse 37 caught my eye. Part of that verse says “And the common people heard him gladly” (Mark 12:37). The reference is to Jesus Christ and He has always appealed to common people.

Some readers may recall that leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, the losing candidate referred to the most ardent supporters of the winning candidate as a “basket of deplorables”. Boiling it down, it was really just a reference to common people. In other words, everyday hard working folks who have to pay bills, put food on the table, pay the mortgage, clean the house, cut the yard, etc. People who were tired of elite, out of touch politicians who didn’t understand them, didn’t care about them, and didn’t stand up for them.

My intent here is not to get into politics or politicians. Neither offer any hope. My intent is to take a contemporary meme and to show how Jesus Christ loves and seeks out “the deplorables” and that it is “the deplorables” who hear and receive Him. Let’s take a quick survey. He kept company with publicans and sinners (Matt. 9:10-13; 11:19; Mark 2:15-17; Luke 15:1-7), healed and comforted many that were sick and/or outcast (Luke 5:12-13, 18-21, 22-25; John 9:1-41; Mark 5:1-15, 25-28, 29), and readily forgave the sins of some of the most deplorable (John 8:1-11). Reading through each of those referenced passages, it is also very apparent that His company and His actions did not sit well with the “elite” of that day. It is the same today. Those who choose to put their trust in Jesus Christ are typically despised by the mighty and the noble, i.e, the elite (1 Cor. 1:18-21, 25-28). This is no surprise since Jesus Himself was despised (Isa. 53:3) and was “without the camp” (Heb. 13:12-13). The servant is not greater than his Lord (John 15:18-21).

Friend, are you a “deplorable”? In this case, I am shifting the meaning a bit. Here, I don’t necessarily mean it in the strict sense of your economic or social situation. Although it is common ordinary people that have a greater tendency to respond to Jesus Christ, a “deplorable” could be anyone who knows that they are a sinner and need hope and redemption. Rich, poor, working class, ruling class – if you are a spiritual “deplorable”, Jesus Christ is looking for you (Luke 19:10). If you don’t believe you are, the scriptures say you are. In fact, we ALL are (Rom. 3:23; Isa. 64:6). Without Jesus Christ, we are without strength, we are ungodly, and we have no hope. But He gave us eternal hope by dying, shedding His precious blood, and rising from the dead for our justification and redemption (Rom. 5:6-9; 4:24-25; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). I invite you to put your complete faith and trust in His finished work today! (John 19:30; Rom. 5:1-2; Eph. 2:8-9).

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