We are the sinners. Each of us. You. Me. Everyone. Do you realize that Jesus came to earth to eat with a sinner like you? Preposterous, isn’t it? God love us so much that he came to be with us so we would, through faith, be with him in relationship forever…
27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
As you read this story of Jesus eating with sinners, with whom do you identify? Are you one of the sinners or are you a teacher of the law? You might be one of the teachers, yet you feel good about yourself because you think it is great that Jesus ate with those sinners. Maybe you have seen the light in terms of looking down on the sinners around you. They need Jesus too. Right?
I’m hoping that isn’t you. Newsflash: we are the sinners. Each of us. You. Me. The teachers. Everyone.
Do you realize that Jesus came to earth to eat with a sinner like you? Preposterous, isn’t it?
You’re not worthy of his attention or his time. You’re not worthy of his love or grace. Why would he do that? What gives you and me the right to sit down with him and have fellowship with the Lord of lords who is so clearly out of our league? His love. That’s the reason. God love us so much that he came to be with us so we would, through faith, be with him in relationship forever…
Another way of characterizing ourselves is the sick. We are the sick. We nee the great physician. The good doctor has come to reach out to us sick sinners so that we might be called to repentance to walk in his grace.
I’m thankful for his mercy toward the sick. Toward the sinners. I’m one. How about you?