Tuesday evening one of my students came into class and I greeted him by name. He was surprised that I remembered his name after one class, but it seemed to be more than that. It impacted him that I would remember his name.
My student is a Yazidi refugee. The Yazidi people were victims of genocide and have been oppressed for centuries. In the most recent genocide, the Yazidi people were labeled as less than human by the perpetrators of the genocide. So when my student came into class and I greeted him in his language with his name, it had an impact on him. He is not used to being treated as a human being, a PERSON, except by other Yazidi people.
There was a man in the time Jesus was on earth who was shunned by others because he was a tax collector. Jesus came along one day and spotted him in a tree.The man had never met Jesus before, but Jesus knew who he was. In Luke 19 we read about Jesus greeting him by name:
“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly:”
Zacchaeus had never met Jesus before that day, but Jesus knew who he was and knew his name. Jesus called out to him by name. To others Zacchaeus was someone to ostracize and they viewed him as being beneath them. Jesus saw him as a PERSON that he loved. Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus and visited his home.Jesus treated Zacchaeus as a PERSON even though others scorned him.
Jesus knows us. He knows our name.He knows everything about us and loves us. When Jesus comes to us, he calls out to us treating us as a person. We matter to God.Our circumstances never cloud how Jesus views us or feels about us. To Jesus, each of us individually is a PERSON that he loves and wants relationship with.
It doesn’t matter is we struggle with family problems, addiction, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, or failure, to Jesus each of us individually is a PERSON that he loves and that he died for.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.