JESUS FRIEND OF SINNERS
November 24, 2019
Jim Carlile, SVCC Deacon
“And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Why don’t we pay attention and find out who Jesus really is, who he loves, how he loves, and then try to be like him?” (Luke 5:29-32 )
- Jesus was accused of being friends with sinners and tax collectors.
“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” (Matthew 11:19 )
- Jesus broke all conventions to minister to those in need.
“At that very time Jesus cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits, and granted sight to many who were blind.” (Luke 7:21 )
- The plank eyed saint.
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:41-42 )
- If we are going to call ourselves Christians, we need to behave like
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12 )