Jesus is for everyone. Sometimes I forget that. Amidst the crazy flow of life, I can get so mixed up. I can make a big deal about nothing and miss what means everything to Jesus: people, the lost, the broken, the alien, the forsaken, the sinner—all of us. Jesus loves people so much that we read in Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man is come to seek and save that which was lost.” Jesus came to go after the people who are lost and broken.
Paul got it. Jesus was not just for Jews; He was for everyone. Specifically this week we’ll see that He was for people in Corinth. When Paul preached in Athens, he told the intellectuals that they needed Jesus in order to make sense of life. Next he travels to the “Sin City” of the time and tells them the same. What is it about Jesus and His gospel that brought such urgency? Well, people are precious to Jesus. After all, He died for them—for us. So, Paul goes to Corinth and shares the message of Jesus. (Acts 18:1-17)
As we will see, God had already prepared an audience for this message (V.2, 7, 8). Truth be told, God has His people everywhere, but someone needs to tell them (Romans 10:14). And Paul was that someone for the city of Corinth.
Will you and I take Jesus with us into Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Arcadia and Pasadena, now wherever we live? Just like Jesus was for Corinth, He is also for our cities, too. He knows everything that’s wrong there. He can fix it. But will His followers follow Him into a life of love? In Ephesians, Paul later wrote this: “Be followers of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Jesus wants us to see our city, our neighbors, our friends, and enemies as people whom He loves. Corinth was a sinful place. So is our city. Jesus is here to save us!
Praying for all God’s cities,