RED AND YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE

You’ve heard the children’s song many times. “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” It is a great song. If you changed the words from children to adults or people it is still just as true. “God so loved the world that the gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” You can’t find a race or color of people that God didn’t love so much that he was will to allow Jesus to take their sins upon him and be punished for their sins so that they could be totally forgiven and live in a close, personal relationship with Him.

No wonder Jesus’ invitation was “Come unto me all of you who are weary and burdened down and I will give you rest for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am gentle and lowly of heart and you will find rest to your souls” is s powerful. You never met a group of people who were more racist than the Jews of that day. They were certain they were God’s chosen people and that God really only cared about them. They hated Gentiles, Samaritans and anyone else that you could fit in that didn’t have a Jewish background. Yet Jesus came on the scene, going to Samaria and teaching a Samaritan woman the gospel and when she brought the whole town out to meet him he taught them, staying two extra days to tell them the good news of salvation in him. He healed the son and servant of Gentile soldiers. He went into the Gentile areas to cast out the demons from a man known as legion and then turned him into a missionary to the area by saying, “Go back home and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you.”

When he was giving the great commission to the disciples it was “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved. He who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). Matthew’s account is literally, “All authority is given to me in heaven and on earth, as you go therefore into all the world, make disciples of every ethnic group, baptizing them into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and I will be with you always even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus died on the cross for every person according to Hebrews 2:9. You could go all over the world and find every kind of person imaginable and one thing I can guarantee is that you won’t find a single person God doesn’t love and Jesus didn’t die to save.

What does that have to do with me? Well if I am calling myself a Christian and I am not interested in people of every race and background coming to know Christ then I have missed the very biggest point of Jesus coming into the world. I don’t have the heart of Jesus at all. When you consider that we all originated from one man and that we are all made in the image and likeness of God there is absolutely no place for racism of any kind among those who claim to follow Christ.

My greatest longing for every person is that they would come to know Jesus Christ and believe in him to submit their lives to him obediently for the salvation of their souls. You can be a murderer like Saul of Tarsus that Jesus not only saved but turned into the great apostle Paul. You can be a denier like Simon Peter and turn into the great preacher that would lead thousands to Jesus. You can be a prostitute like Mary Magdalene out of whom Jesus cast seven demons and be converted and become a close friend with Jesus and the first to see him after his resurrection from the dead.

Jesus doesn’t care at all about the color of your skin, but about the condition of your heart. When our hearts are changed and formed by Christ it begins to take on his way of seeing things and way of feeling about things and people. It changes my whole way of looking at life. Suddenly the most important thing in the world to me is how can I live and act in a way that would help another person, no matter their background to come to know Jesus as their savior and Lord. You will then attempt to do those things in your every day life so you can be the salt of the earth and the light of the world that can lead one more to the Savior.

People talk about “White supremacy” or “Black lives matter” or who knows what all else. There is no superior race. We become part of the chosen generation, royal priesthood, holy nation, and God’s own special people when we give our lives to Christ and begin to influence others for him. Of course, black lives matter, because every life matters and when people feel that they have been put down and no one cares about them, no wonder they would come up with a slogan to say “we matter” in the world. Every life matters to God and had better matter to us if we wish to be like him in our daily lives. Just think today as you head home that every person you meet is of great importance to God and he is depending on you as a Christian to reach out to them to show them the way to change and live for him.

About leoninlittlerock

Preaching minister for Central church of Christ in Little Rock. Author of over 20 books including: When a Loved one Dies, Spiritual Development, Skid Marks on the Family Drive, Challenges in the church, To Know Christ and A Drink of Living Water.
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