March 24, 2008
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
I get tired of listening to people berate the Christ and those who follow Him.
Yes, it’s true the history of the church is checkered, but our Savior’s love and compassion is not. Jesus Christ was born into this world to carry the sins of humankind, to seek and save the lost, to buy back the soul of every person who was destined to hell.
Because this is true, the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to put aside any and every prejudice so he might write, ‘there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. We are all one in Christ Jesus.’
Jesus Christ saves sinners. All of us. Male and female. It’s sad those who put down Jesus don’t appreciate the radical nature of the Savior’s sacrifice.
Today… right now… in India girls are being aborted because their parents think they are too expensive. Indeed, according to Dr. Puneet Bedi, a New Delhi obstetrician, "In India, you can kill a daughter and get away with it…” The problem which is greater today than at any other time in history, has caused India to adopt a policy which will pay families to raise their daughters.
If a family gives birth to a daughter, they get paid; if they vaccinate her, they get paid. They get paid if they send her to school, if they feed her, if they delay her marriage.
A spokesman for the India Alliance for Child Rights says, “It's a very sad way of valuing a person. Is it a person or is it a commodity?"
The Holy Spirit answers that question: In Romans 6:23 it says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” God wants us to know that men and women, on their own are sinners who deserve condemnation; but by the Father’s grace, and through faith in the Savior’s sacrifice men and women alike can be forgiven and become recipients of life eternal..”
A radical Redeemer? Absolutely! We are blessed to have a Savior Who died to save both Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female.
And whether you are man or woman, this kind of Savior is cause for rejoicing.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, when You entered this world You did so to seek and save the lost, both male and female. May I appreciate and applaud what You have done through Your life, upon the cross and at the empty tomb. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries