THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 5:27-32
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32)
The problem in this passage is that tax collectors were bad people.
They were Jews who collected taxes from their own people for the Romans.
So long as they paid Rome, they could collect as much as they wanted.
They were traitors and as thieves, taking advantage of their own people.
To feel the problem, think of someone that has robbed or hurt you.
Or how about drug dealers whoe live off the suffering of the addicted.
Con artists who take advantage of seniors and rob them of their savings.
Jesus chooses one of these to be His followers.
In addition, He attends a party with a whole gang of them.
To feel the shock of grace, we need to feel the shock of sin.
Jesus is not affirming their sin, but He is trying to change them.
They are sick, and they need help; they need a heart-change.
As a Jesus follower, is this how I look at ‘sinners’ – in need of help?
Do I judge or look down on them… or do I seek them out to help them?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I will admit that I would have a hard time loving those who hurt me. Which only makes Your love amazing, because we have all hurt You, and yet You love us.