He Receives Sinners
The enemies of Jesus thought they had found a weakness on which to build their case: He welcomed sinners and ate with them.
But what if Jesus had not cared for sinners?
There would be no hope for any, for all have sinned: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one… For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23).
Commenting on this text, Dr. H. A. Ironside says: “Our Lord Jesus Christ was always interested in sinners. He came down from the glory of His Father’s house to save sinners. These legalists could not understand it. We are told here that a great company of publicans and sinners drew near to Jesus, but the self-righteous and haughty scribes and Pharisees looked on with contempt, for they could not comprehend why Jesus did not withdraw Himself from these wretched and wicked people, and why He did not rather seek out such respectable individuals as they thought themselves to be. They murmured among themselves, saying, ‘This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.’ They did not know they were declaring a wonderful truth when they said that. Jesus receives sinners, and takes them into fellowship and communion with Himself. Thank God, this has been true all through the centuries since. Is it not wonderful grace that He receives all who will come, and He delivers them from their sins?”
Do you think yourself too guilty to be saved?
Christ will receive you the moment you come to Him in faith.
Don’t delay. Come to Christ… right now!