But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Even although we should know the Scriptures we may find in ourselves a thought that Jesus really came to save the nice people – the fairly decent and fairly moral and fairly law-abiding people – like us. And yet the Bible is quite clear.
• “he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)
• “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15)
Jesus Christ wanted to save sinners. That was why He came. All sinners were included in the scope of His saving death and resurrection. Many so-called sinners around Him at the time were attracted to Him, and such was His openness to them that He became known as the Friend of Sinners.
For those who know themselves to be sinners this is extremely good news. Jesus is looking for us and is completely open to our approaching Him. We do not have to clean up our act first, we can come to Him ‘just as I am’ and the sooner the better.
What we have to realise is that we are all sinners. Paul in fact saw himself as the ‘greatest sinner.’ And although we have every right to be offended and distressed at the actions of others it has to be balanced with the acknowledgement that the Lord Jesus loves them and wants them – just as He wants us.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Everyone I see is wanted by God
Father, I am a sinner who has been saved in Jesus Christ. Help me to pray for those who still live in darkness. Amen.