A pastor once told me that I was always for the "underdog". By the way he said it, I wasn't sure if he meant it as a compliment or a criticism. I personally took it as a compliment. Why? Because Jesus was for the "underdog". When He walked the earth, He went to those who society had made outcasts. He went to those who were belittled by the religious crowd. He went to the lowly, the uneducated, the poor, the down cast, the down and out, those who had been forgotten, rejected and ignored.
Jesus was the Champion of the "underdog". He rebuked the Pharisees for condemning the woman caught in the act of adultery. He told the disciples and all who were in the room to leave the woman who was anointing His feet alone. He told the disciples that a memorial would be remembered for the widow who gave her last money. He touched and healed the lepers. He held the children in His arms, after the disciples tried to send them away.
The whole reason Jesus came to earth was to reach the "underdog". Because we all were under dogs. We were all wretched and lost in trespasses and sin. We were helpless to save ourselves. We needed a champion to come and plead our case because we were powerless to do it for ourselves. Jesus was not just the champion of those whose lives He touched while He was on earth. He is today the Champion of our salvation. He is the Victor. He defeated sin which had robbed us and made us inferior. He restored us back to a place of acceptance, a place of power, a place of honor. He has made us victorious through Himself. We are no longer underdogs, but heirs of God, kings and priests unto our God. We are now the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, the first and not the last! I don't know about you, but I am thankful that Jesus did not ignore and forget about the underdog... because I was one of them.
Have a great day. Jesus is for the underdog.
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