Jesus is for losers.
Jesus is not for winners. If you’re a winner, Jesus is not for you. You see, Jesus saves. Winners don’t need saving, except perhaps from their addiction to competition. People who see others as competitors are nothing like Christ. Christ saw people, just saw them. And being truly seen was enough to change them. No, people who need to win don’t need Jesus to do it. Jesus is not for them.
Jesus isn’t for the ones at the top. Jesus knows nothing about it; you see, Jesus Himself never went to the top. Oh, they tried to make him their leader, their messiah, even their king, but He wouldn’t have it. He kept slipping away and going back to hang out with the ones that those at the top considered to be at the bottom. The ones at the top hated Him for that. And it just confirmed once and for all that He wasn’t for them. The ones at the top always want Jesus to be their leader so they can claim His name and have their agenda cleaned up by association. But Jesus doesn’t mingle with those who see themselves as leaders amongst men. He lives, eats and dies amongst the merest of men, and funnily enough, men follow Him because of it.
Jesus isn’t for the go-getters. Go getters get going way past the types Jesus hangs with. Go getters don’t need Jesus for anything – they just go get it for themselves.
Jesus is not for the self-sufficient. Jesus is for the ones who need miracles. Jesus makes everyday things into answers for everyday needs – pennies from fishes mouths pay taxes, mud makes a poultice for blind eyes, pots of water appease wedding guests, a boys lunch feeds a thousand hungry stomachs. The self-sufficient solve such earthy problems out for themselves.
No, Jesus is not for the furnished, the fixed-up or the famous. He’s for the fallible and the faulty, the fallen and the flawed. Jesus is for the filthy, the fouled, and the foundling. Orphans and outcasts are His children. The poor, in pocket and in spirit, are Jesus friends. The Jesus they love is the true saviour, for it is such men that require the kind of salvation Jesus offers.
While ever there are those in the world who feel they must lord over, profit from and win against others, the Jesus who saves will always make His home with servants, slaves and with losers.
For the poor, things can only ever get better. Blessed are they, Jesus says, for they don’t just get something better, they get the whole Kingdom.
Jesus is for losers.