For losers

If you say that Jesus is for losers, then you are absolutely right.  But what do you mean by loser?

If by losers you mean those nerdy kids with the high pants, pale skin and thick glasses – OR those people who stay at home and never go out clubbing – OR those people who never ‘chuck a sickie’ or bludge on the boss’s dollar – OR those gullible people chasing after miracles … then absolutely.

OR if by losers you mean those guys who drive about in cars with lowered suspension, caps and hoodies on, and the music drowning out the neighbourhood – OR those girls who spend their lives chasing the latest fashion and make-up – OR those gangs who wreak havoc and tempt young guys into crime – OR those high powered couples who have money to burn but don’t know what stage their children are up to … then absolutely.

You see, we call people losers because of what we define as important … from our perspective.  BUT it is not our perspective that is important.  The perspective that matters is the one that defines a loser across the globe … and has the power to deal with losers … and that’s God’s perspective.

As far as God is concerned all of humanity are losers because of their rebellion against him … because of their refusal to acknowledge him as God … because of what the Bible calls, their sin.

And, according to God, sinners – losers – are ‘going down’.

But God is not that heartless.  In fact God has provided a way out for losers … for sinners.  Though we don’t deserve it, God has provided a way for sinners to be forgiven by God … and it is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

The Bible tells us that “… God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ dies for us” (Romans 5:8).

Jesus died on the cross for losers … for sinners … so that we have a way to God … a way into relationship with the living God.  He befriended and died for cheats, prostitutes, adulterers, the wealthy, the successful and the religious.

Jesus is for losers … he died on a cross so losers like you and me could get right with God.

Are you right with God?

Colin Grant
Christian Reformed Church of Wollongong