Friend of Sinners
By Amber Hamm
“Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours” ~ Casting Crowns
What a beautiful song that the Casting Crowns has created. This is wonderful way of telling people that no matter how bad they screw up or hurt someone, Jesus is always there. He is a friend in times of darkness and joy. So, let me ask you this: have you ever done something horrible that you don’t think even God could forgive you for? I have been there, yet when I ask the Lord for forgiveness, he tells me my sins are forgiven. Jesus is a forgiving father. In St. John chapter 8, he talks about how a woman was caught in adultery. During this time, if adulterers were exposed, the community would throw stones at them for punishment. This was the law of the people, not of Jesus. Jesus saw these men throwing stones, turned around and told these men, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” – John 8:7 NLT.
In other words, Jesus was telling these men they don’t have a right to judge her sin. Everyone sins, and it’s difficult to keep to the ten commandments, which are:
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord’s name in Vain
- Keep the Sabbath day holy
- Honor thy father and thy mother
- Thou shalt not kill
- Thou shalt not commit adultery
- Thou shalt not steal
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. (Exodus 20: 3-17 KJV).
How many times do we break these commandments in a day? I, personally, break four out of ten commandments every day. I speak the Lord’s name in vain all the time. It’s so popular in our culture to say, “Oh, my God!” I didn’t think twice about it, until I read my bible and realized the third commandment was scowling before me. I also don’t always listen to what my parents ask of me or tell me what to do, which is the fourth commandment. I have such a hectic life style that I forget when they ask me to do something. When I break these commandments, does that make me a bad person in God’s eyes?
The website, answers2prayer.org, states in an article, “If this were to be the case, none of us would be saved, as the Bible clearly says: Rom 3: 23 ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’.” In other words, we cannot live without sin. Sin is in our human nature, and the only one that can set us free of sin is Jesus.
Casting Crowns thinks to us in their songs and concludes that we are all the friends of Jesus because we are sinners. Romans 3:24 states, “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” If we ask Christ to forgive our sins, and have accepted him into our lives, then we can be free from all sin; then we can be like the woman that Jesus freed by saying, “Go and sin no more.” (St. John 8:11).