And when they saw it, they all grumbled, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner."


Variations of this verse are repeated a lot in the four gospels. People were upset that Jesus dined with sinners, talked to sinners, healed sinners, and went into sinners' houses. 

It happened so much. 

And I started pondering why. Why were people upset about this?

And I think it's because of this: they felt like they were good and holy and deserved to have Jesus congregate with them or they felt like they were so good and holy that Jesus was good enough to be welcomed into their fold, that they would make Jesus better. 

Both are wrong views. 

Both are entitled views. 

We don't deserve to have Jesus sit with us and we don't make Jesus better. 

None is righteous. None is perfect. None is holy. Except for Jesus. 

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came not because we deserved it but because he loves us. He came to make us better, to make us holy and blameless and righteous and perfect. He does that for us. And we can't get that way without him. 

Prayer From Psalm 86