Scripture – Luke 15:1-2
Now the tax collectors and [notorious and especially wicked] sinners were all coming near to [Jesus] to listen to Him. And the Pharisees and the scribes kept muttering and indignantly complaining, saying, This man accepts and receives and welcomes [preeminently wicked] sinners and eats with them.
It wasn’t just regular people who were coming to Jesus in this story, it was the worst of the worst. Notorious and especially wicked, preeminently wicked people. There was no escaping the fact that these people were sinners. They weren’t people who had some immoral thoughts now and again or who smoked dope a little too often. They were notorious for their sin.
I imagine who today we would consider notorious sinners…
Murderers. Rapists. Thieves. Prostitutes. Racketeers. Pedophiles.
If there were a club today all these kinds of people hung out at, and Jesus arrived in town, and headed straight to that club to “accept, receive, welcome, and eat with” these people, what would we think?
We need to go to the notorious sinners.
Father, thank you for revealing your truth today. Jesus, thank you for your example of mission. Help me walk on the paths of your mission too. Amen.