Jesus Loves The Heroin Addict

Jesus loves the heroin addictEach life is a precious gift and each person was born with a plan from God. Even an addict was born with a purpose, died for by God (Jesus) Himself and was knitted together in his/her mothers womb, destined.

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”– Jeremiah 29:11

When Jesus came on Earth and ministered, He didn’t surround Himself with kings and upper class people with money and riches, fancy houses and wine and expensive jewelry and clothing. He actually quite preferred to spend His few short years with murderers, tax collectors, lepers, fisherman and the handicapped.

Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2:13-17

That last line is so incredibly telling. It is the sick who need a doctor. When I was in active addiction, I was so sick. Not just physically or mentally – but spiritually. Every single day I’d wake with a void so vast inside of me that it could’ve probably swallowed the world. I felt unloved by everyone. I hated myself. If there was a “God”, He was disgusted with me like the rest of the world – or so I thought. I was “just a junkie” with no future, no plan and no purpose. But, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

If you’re an addict, I can tell you this. You, like me, have seen the darkest shadows, tasted the ashes of your own life and will, scraped around in the dirt and made a home with it and seen some of the worst things a person could.  What kind of good could come from this? Who would want us? Who loves the broken? Who loves the sinner? It is surely not the world. Don’t seek the world to fill something only God can. I assure you, He wants to.

It took me a very long time to realize I was loved by God. That Jesus really did love people like me. That if He were here today, He’d probably be at an NA meeting or a rehab center, fellowshipping with people like me. Like I said He loves the broken and weary.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit – Psalms 34:18

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

See? He loves people like me. I’m the first to admit that I was so broken it would take only the One who made me, to fix me. I was so weary of living the way that I was, that I needed a deep rest, not just a good nights sleep. I was so weak that I needed the power of a God who loved me, to strengthen me. Right before I got clean, I prayed a prayer. The only one I could ever muster up the courage to pray. I asked Jesus to “take everyone out of my life that gives me drugs”. I never knew that He would. That He cared enough to take time to respond to me, the one who stole from her family, the one who was unfaithful to her partner, the one who neglected her own son. But He did.

Jesus cared not only enough to respond to me and do the very thing I asked, but He cared enough to die upon a cross for me – to bare the burden of my sins – to be mocked and shamed by the world – to be nailed to a piece of wood and left for dead. He did respond to me. He did take everyone out of my life that gave me drugs. A miracle, because the people who enabled and sold to me, were there for years. All within a month or two, they were gone. But not only did He do this, He restored all that I had lost and gave it to me. Then on top of that He blessed me in so many ways, It’d take 100 articles to tell you about them.

Does Jesus love the addict? Yes. Does Jesus have a plan for an addict? Yes. Will Jesus help an addict? Yes. Cry out to Him like I did. I promise you that Jesus is cool with people like us, He likes us broken, weary and heavyhearted – that is when He does His greatest works.

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Written by Chanda Lynn, Blogger/Writer for Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™, Heroin News and the National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers (NAATC)

Edited and Published By William Charles, Founder/Publisher

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5 thoughts on “Jesus Loves The Heroin Addict

  1. Having survived the hell of addiction with my daughter, I have a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for this site and the valuable info here. But the image in this post is disturbing.

    As the wife of a minister and a 40 year Christian, I can say without hesitation, the the image is dreadfully misleading. When a person shoots up as my daughter did, (my daughter who is a believer herself), there was no Jesus there taking the hit. She took it. And it nearly destroyed her physically.

    Pray if it helps you. Call on God or your higher power if it gets you through. But don’t lead people to believe that just because Jesus “carried your sins” that he’ll take the high or the overdose or the needle in your arm. When YOU shoot up, YOU get high. If you do too much, it’s not Jesus in the hospital fighting for his life. It’s you.

    • Dear Mrs. Anonymous Mother,

      Thank you for your comments and thoughts on this article. I appreciate your point of view and hope that you can respect that there are varying points of view. In my opinion, the picture in the article isn’t to imply that an individual who suffers from addiction doesn’t go through pain and even physical hell while they are suffering. In fact, I can tell you as a recovering addict that the pain and anguish I felt and caused others was and is very real.

      We recognize first off that this article is probably controversial because not everyone believes in Jesus. But for those who do, we hope that it provides some comfort in that Jesus – while I agree that he doesn’t take the hit on our behalf, is there loving us along the way.

      As a Christian, I can tell you that the message of salvation is that Jesus bared the sin of all mankind and was crucified. Jesus suffered greatly on earth, baring the sins of the world so that all that believe in Him may be saved. However, nowhere does the message of salvation indicate that when we sin in this world, that we won’t also experience the consequences of our sins. The difference is, Jesus paid the ultimate consequence which is separation from God and death. We will surely experience the consequences of our actions, even to the point of physical death. But the message of salvation and Jesus is that He paid the ultimate price and will not let our sin separate us from the Love of God.

      Of course, this is my interpretation of the image based on a biblical understanding of salvation.

      But this community respects all points of view and for the record, I’m truly sorry to hear that your daughter and family went through (or is going through) this. If there is anything we can do for you or if your daughter needs help getting into drug rehab, please contact us and let us know. You can email me at help@kthen.org or call our treatment hotline at 215-857-5151.

      Peace and Love,

      William – Publisher of this Community

  2. I just wanted to say that I really appreciate what you are doing. I have lost too many friends to drug overdose. One of them never leaves my head, her beautiful face and smile, and her two babies left without either parent. I thankfully have Jesus and had prayed for help, I personally have been drug free for four years and have been rejoicing in Jesus all the way. But I do feel bad for my friends that did not cry out to GOD. GOD Bless what you are doing. And the lives you are saving through Christ we can do anything.

  3. Dear brethren,
    I have living and dead family and friends who have had, (or are), existing a tortured existence due to ensnaring drugs. Many have gone to jail, or prison. This picture of Jesus Christ taking the heroin, or whatever drug is in the syringe, to me represents Him as taking the pain, and all the hell that goes with it. There is a void in every human being that can only be filled by the Holy Spirit. Our bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit, and therefore, Jesus Christ is in all of us who want Him to be in us, or have Him in us. I am glad to see that Jesus Christ is depicted in loving, caring and willing to help those of us who are trapped in enslavement. God bless you and all of your loved ones. Thank you for allowing people to express their beliefs and thoughts on what this picture means to them. Because of Him, Lydia

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