I've been thinking of a song written by an old friend Kevin Mattson. The gist of the lyrics are his love for his toddler son, and asking God if God loves him as much as he loves his son. The song goes through all the experiences of Love that a father has for a son, with the repeating question do you love me that much? In the end the answer humbles him to tears, for God answers yes and more, then God asks him the question, "would you let that little boy die for someone like you?"
Often it seems we identify God's blessing on us with the righteousness of our cause. We fight for our cause. We see God's blessing and God's will and even God's revelation in the accomplishment of it. In some cases we even see the realization of God's Love in our successful completion of the tasks to promote the cause. There are rare occasions when we are so passionate that our cause is God's cause that we believe anyone who interferes with us is fighting against God directly.
It seems Jesus came for more than our cause. It seems that he came for us for someone like us for someone like you.
27After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, "Follow me." 28And he got up, left everything, and followed him.
29Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. 30The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" 31Jesus answered, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; 32I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance."
I think the "over the top" satire pointing to this truth is captured in the Video
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