Manage episode 331996811 series 3245131
Jesus was called the "friend of sinners" - yet he preached an uncompromising message of turning from sin and living in authentic righteousness under God's rule. In isolation, his message may seem "unfriendly", but Jesus' actions and attitudes demonstrated such a deep love for those around him that his message was well-received.
When asked why he happily spent time with those labelled as "sinners", his reply explained why he is a great friend: he comes to us as a doctor, not as a judge. He invites us to come to him - just as we are - so that he can heal and deliver us. He truly is the greatest friend we could ever have!
Matthew 4:17, Matthew 5:20, Matthew 23:27-28, Luke 19:1-10, Luke 5:27-32, Romans 5:8, Colossians 1:13-14