All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount. ”Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 1:31-33 NIV
Jesus is a friend of sinners. You might have heard this before, but what does it mean? Some people might say that Christians are the most judgmental people they know. How could Jesus be a friend of sinners if Christians aren't friends of sinners? Well, if we look to the bible we can see that this was a true statement. We have the story of Zacchaeus, a Jewish tax collector who seemed to abuse his power to get himself rich. Yet, Jesus saw him and wanted to have dinner with him and offer salvation. Look in the book of John and we have the woman at the well. A woman who had five husbands and was with a man who was not her husband. Jesus still offered her "living water", even though He knew about her husbands (John 4:1-42). In the book of Mark, we see Jesus call Levi, who was also a tax collector, to be one of His disciples. Here we get an incredible statement from Jesus. "On hearing this, Jesus said to them, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'" (Mark 2:17). He has not come to call the righteous but sinners.
This is good news for us because Paul points out that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). If all of us are sinners, then Jesus came for all of us. He came to save the whole world. He did this by dying on the cross and rising again. Through this act, He has offered salvation to all those who would believe in Him. You can make that decision today. I'm sorry if someone who claimed Christianity was not a friend to you. Hopefully today we can change that. Here at True Life, we want to be your friend. We want to show you the same love, grace and mercy that Jesus showed us. We have been right where you are and want you to feel as welcomed and loved as we have. Join us this Easter as we celebrate the salvation we have been offered through Jesus dying on the cross! We want to celebrate with you! Click on the link below to figure out how to be a part of our celebration.