Jesus was called by the Pharisees “A friend of sinners.”
The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ (Lk 7:34)
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ (Mt 11:19)
They were criticizing Jesus for spending time with undesirables such as tax collectors and sinners! But Jesus spent time with the very people who needed to hear His teachings and His gospel. His mission on earth was to bring salvation to sinners!
The Scriptures below demonstrate that Jesus fulfilled the mission His Father gave to Him, and because He DID, He is truly a Friend of Sinners! Hallelujah!
Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (Joh 8:5-11)
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (Joh 3:17)
Let us celebrate and lift up the Name of Jesus! Bless the Lord!