It is easy to get the wrong idea about Jesus. People that don’t know Him very well might think they aren’t “good enough” for Him to come anywhere near them. Well, that’s just a lie.
The Truth About Jesus
Jesus regularly hung out with folks the religious people of the day had cast aside and deemed unworthy. He liked being around the so-called sinners.
Mark recounts a story where Jesus is associating with “those people”. The Pharisees asked Jesus’ disciples, “Why is he eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus overhears the question and here’s how He responds:
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17 NLT
Personally, I’ve always found this statement very comforting.
Jesus did not ignore the fact that the “tax collectors and sinners” needed to change their ways, but He loved them and ministered to them all the same.
We do not have to be righteous to approach Jesus. He welcomes us – baggage included – to His table.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26 NIV
Of course, you can’t be in His presence and expect to remain the same. Getting to know Him will change you from the inside out. In His answer above, He characterized Himself as a doctor. He came to heal the brokenhearted. He will turn even the coldest, hardest heart of stone into a heart of flesh.
Never Lose Hope
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
As a recovering sinner myself, I am relieved to know that Jesus came for me. However, it is more than that. The verses I’ve shared today remind me that no one is hopeless. As a Christ Follower, I should never turn my back on even the worst of sinners. My Savior is big enough and stout enough to give new life to anyone that will submit to His treatment.
I want to copy Jesus and hang out with sinners in hope that they will see what He’s done for me and seek Him for themselves.