Jesus brings healing and restoration to two very different people, crossing religious lines, socioeconomic lines, and cultural stigmas, showing his great compassion and power to save, and his power over the natural and spiritual world. The work of Jesus is not based in our economy. His teaching, his kindness, his saving work have no insiders or outsiders.
Jesus meets us where we sit down in shame and stands us up as we believe in him.
God’s purpose in the cross is not to conjure fear but to show his love and mercy. The cross of Christ takes our sin and shame away. God’s metric is different...anything less than the crucified Son doesn’t do justice to his covenant-keeping love for people.