The man in the store was unhappy, and everyone within a 15 foot radius knew it. He expressed himself with passion and profanity, bringing God, Jesus, and someone’s mother into the discussion before it was all over. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the man had no respect for God, Heaven, or Hell.
However, Jesus welcomes the profane. He died for those who are far from him.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13
“…Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord, “and I will heal him.” Isaiah 57:19
“For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Acts 2:39
Each verse mentions those who are “far” or “far off.” They refer to the Gentiles who were procul a fano, the Latin origin of the word “profane,” meaning “far from the temple.” But all sinners, no matter if their roots are Jewish or Gentile, are “far off” without Christ.
If you are profane or far from the temple, then be assured that Christ welcomes you. Christ invites you to enter into a blood relationship with him, to be as close as a brother, to be his family.
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