“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” (Matthew 10:40)
Is that true for today? I ask this because it seems society has turned quite unwelcoming in the past years. Society can be very judgmental, and very selective in who is welcomed where. The “us” and “them” divide has gotten wider and deeper than ever before – or least in my memory. Maybe it is partly due to where I grew up, and where I live now. I grew up in a small town in Canada that was very welcoming. Now I live in the United States.
Now this is the interesting point; there are people who, because of their faith beliefs, would be welcoming of Jesus (as long as they would recognize Him) but not be welcoming of others who also believe in Jesus. Work back the logic of the verse, beloved reader, and see where it gets you. God sent Jesus; Jesus is welcomed by many. Would all members of society welcome other members of society who welcome Jesus?
“Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Verses 41 – 42)
Society at large is tied up in so many knots in terms of race and gender, and who deserves what & who is welcomed and worthy of what. The very honest and simple truth is this; if Jesus would welcome, honor and care about someone – we should too. And if you think there is any member of humanity from the past, in the present, and the future that Jesus would NOT welcome . . . . well, quite honestly . . . you don’t know Jesus!
Shalom and Selah!