Friend of All Social Outcasts

Jesus Walks In When Everyone Else Walks Out

by Pastor John Hamel


“But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:30-32)


Jesus has many outstanding qualities that often surprise religiously brainwashed people.  One of them is His uncanny ability to befriend the so-called “dregs” of society.  


Jesus and His true disciples are drawn to society’s “outcasts” like moths to a flame.  


Even as you just read, Jesus said that the “whole” or the “normal” don’t need doctoring.  It’s the sick or the bound and tormented who need the Great Physician’s care.  


He’s referring to drug addicts, pedophiles, hookers, drunkards, homosexuals, lesbians, pornography addicts, adulterers and all other societal “rejects.”


Jesus did not come for the “righteous,” referring to the “self-righteous.”  The self-righteous are self-deceived and see no need for “redemption.”  


Jesus came for those who aren’t “players.”  


Jesus came for those who know they’ve trashed their lives with sin and want to look it squarely in the eye and change it.  


People like me - a former drug addict, drinker and overall abusive individual turned Minister of the Gospel.  


I told Jesus over 30 years ago, “If You’ll set me free, I’ll give You my life.” 


To make a long story short, He did and I am!  


The power of God came upon me that day and I fell unconscious for NEARLY THREE FULL DAYS right there in my living room.  I did not dream, change positions, eat or drink.  All bodily functions ceased, SUPERNATURALLY.  When I came to I was God’s “free man.” (1Corinthians 7:22


I have been telling everybody, everywhere, ever since about JESUS, FRIEND OF ALL SOCIAL OUTCASTS!  


He took me from sinister and hostile and transformed me into a Minister of the Gospel!


Jesus befriended anyone, including tax collectors who were some of the most despised and hated individuals of His day. (Luke 5:27-32; 19:1-10)  They continually ripped people off, overcharging them and stuffing their own deep pockets.  Whenever they were willing to make the necessary changes, Jesus welcomed them into the flock.


Jesus befriended Mary Magdalene.  The Bible says she was possessed of seven demon spirits by the time He caught up with her. (Mark 16:9,10)  Tradition says she was a prostitute.  Although the Bible doesn’t say that, you can be sure of this.  Anyone possessed of seven evil spirits is living one funky mess and needs supernatural help.  Jesus delivered her and recruited her, no questions asked.


How about the lepers He was always assisting?  (Luke 17:11-14)  Leprosy was the “aids” of Jesus’ day.  


Someone once gave an acronym for AIDS as Automatic Irreversible Death Sentence.  


Not so!  Jesus heals all diseases.  He made you.  He can fix you.  Just repent! (1Peter 2:24)


Let’s not forget about fighting, cussing, fish-stinking Peter. (Luke 5:7-11)  Uneducated and at the bottom of everyone’s social ladder, he became one of the world’s greatest Ministers, Bible Teachers and New Testament authors!


How about you?  


Has everyone walked out of your life because you’ve made such a stinking mess of it?  

Well, guess Who just walked into your life?  




Simply say, “Jesus, You’re my choice.” (Romans 10:13) 


He’ll turn your “mess” into a “mess-age,” just like He did with me!  


I went from sinister and hostile to a Minister of the Gospel.  You can, too.  


You can’t possibly come up with something this Miracle Worker can’t handle!


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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