One of the things I love most about Jesus is His love for all people, even those people many religious folks don’t want to be around. One of those people was His disciple Matthew. He later became one of Jesus’ biographers.
Matt was one of the last guys you’d want on your team if you were trying to impress good religious folks. He was a crook. He ran with a bad crowd. He was a party animal. But after Jesus reached out to him and asked him to join His team, Matt was so excited he threw a party for all his wild and notorious friends, just to meet Jesus. And they all had a great time.
But the religious crowd was appalled. They thought, “If Jesus is supposed to be a man of God, why would He run with such a rough crowd?”
Jesus responded, “It’s not the healthy who need a doctor. I came for those who know they’re sinners and need help–not for those who think they’re righteous.”
Don’t you love it? You may be one of those folks like Matt, and I hope you’ll remember that Jesus loves you.