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Series: Luis Palau | Jesus Really does Love Everyone

The Gospels couldn’t be more clear that Jesus loves everyone. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis points out Jesus’ loving interactions with all kinds of people.  This is the kind of love He calls us to demonstrate also. 

Loving Everyone, just like Jesus Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Gospels couldn’t be more clear that Jesus loves, well, everyone. Young and old. Men and women. Unmarried and married. Poor and rich. Jew and Gentile. Rebel and political insider.  If Jesus loved everyone, that’s fine. We’re okay with that. What messes us up? Realizing Jesus calls us to do the same.

I happen to live in Portland, Oregon. A third of my neighbors are registered Democrats, a third Republicans, and a third Independents. They speak 104 languages and hail from scores of countries. They are Catholic, Protestant, Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Latin Pentecostal, Asian Presbyterian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Shinto, Animist, Agnostic, and Atheist.

They are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning. They are super rich, upper middle class, middle class, blue-collar middle class, the struggling poor, and homeless. They each have a different background.  But we are finding – with great excitement – ways to share the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ with all of them.

Years ago two good friends of mine told me, “Luis, we want our children to be able to grow up and know, in their heart of hearts, that they love everyone. Just like Jesus.” What a great decision.                  

This is Luis Palau.

The Second Group with Jesus Wednesday, July 18, 2018

As He traveled, did you know Jesus was accompanied by the twelve apostles and by a second group? That second group, which we often fail to see in our mind’s eye, is composed of women. We’re not talking about Peter’s wife and mother-in-law. We’re talking about women like Mary, also known as “Magdalene,” a nickname akin to Simon being called Peter, “Rock.” Literally, “Magdalene” means “Tower.”

We’re also talking about women like Joanna, the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod Antipas, king of Galilee. Like Mary Magdalene, Joanna is one of the women who purchased and brought spices to the tomb of Jesus, only to see the stone rolled away and hear two angels proclaim that Jesus has risen from the dead.

What’s more, Luke 8:2 says this second group included “Susanna, and many other women who were contributing to their support out of their private means.” Don’t let the irony pass you by. This group of women aren’t dependent on the men for financial support. It is the other way around. And not just a drachma here or there, but the equivalent of tens of thousands of dollars “out of their private means,” the Bible says.

I’m so thankful for these loving heroes of the faith. I hope you are too. Like them, let’s actively follow Jesus and reach our world.      

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus has Many Sisters Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 Don’t blame the artists, but we often picture Jesus incorrectly. Sure, Jesus mingled with the crowds, but in our imaginations, because of the culture of that day, we don’t let women get any closer than that, except on maybe three or four occasions.

I don’t think it’s deliberate, but how easily we miss the plain meaning of the New Testament Gospel narratives. During Jesus’ itinerant ministry, His traveling companions were the twelve apostles... plus. / We often miss that...plus.

Many of us know the parable Jesus tells about the farmer who sows seed on four kinds of soils. Matthew, Mark and Luke all recount this lengthy, vivid story. Yet do you remember the context of this story? As Jesus is speaking, His mother and brothers show up and want an audience with Him. Jesus laughs, waves His hand, and says, “Look, my mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it. Indeed, whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Yes, Jesus has many sisters. All are deeply loved. No woman is a second class citizen in His kingdom. He wants it that way. So de we, don’t we? After all, that’s a big part of reaching our world.     

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Loves Everyone Monday, July 16, 2018

Sometimes we forget how radically Jesus loves, well, everyone.

First, Jesus wasn’t posing for future artists when He invited children to gather around Him. Actually, He didn’t have to do any coaxing. Children loved Him. So did their parents, who were eager for Jesus to bless their children. Like a beloved uncle, Jesus puts His hands on their heads and prays for them by name. I can imagine parents reminding their children, “Do you remember when Jesus prayed for you?” What a treasured memory.

Second, many people think Jesus had only two women friends, Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters. The Gospels, however, tell us a much bigger story. Like us, Jesus had a mother. He had sisters. He let women near Him. He healed many, many women. He spoke about them in His parables. He even invited them into His inner circle of traveling companions.

Yet Jesus went further. Much further. He loved men and women, young and old, rich and poor, zealot and tax collector, Jew and Gentile. In a word, Jesus loved everyone!

Let’s be sure to love those Jesus has placed near us – in our daily world.

This is Luis Palau.

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Reaching Your World: Next Week

Where is God when Bad Things Happen?

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis tackles the question, “Where is God when bad things happen?” As you listen, you’ll be comforted to know that God is right there with you when you experience seasons of grief or darkness.