#JesusLovesSinners August 26, 2014

“Who’s Who” is the perennial publication that produces the names of people who have risen above the norm to make a positive impact on society. Research shows it takes 25,000 families of unskilled laboring background to produce one person in the annual “Who’s Who,” it requires 10,000 skilled laboring families to put one person in “Who’s Who,” 2,500 professional families are necessary to accomplish the same task, but only 7 missionary families are needed to produce one member of “Who’s Who.” Christian influence definitely adds salt to society!

But society can never be seasoned with salt if God’s people shy away from the lost. This was the problem Jesus addressed when He gave the series of parables found in Luke 15. The Pharisees of His day were grumbling, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk. 15:2). They were convinced His love for sinners was morally wrong! If social media was around 2,000 years ago, #JesusLovesSinners would have been the trending hashtag, followed by SMH—”Shaking my head.”

The Pharisees thought Jesus was contracting uncleanness by eating and associating Himself with sinners. But it’s precisely because of His love for sinners that He came to seek and save the lost, and God and heaven rejoice when the lost are found. Be encouraged to have the same attitude as Christ’s—to approach the lost without hardheartedness. After all, that’s what He did for us. He’s the Good Shepherd who laid down His very own life for the sake of lost sheep like you and me. May He be forever praised.

-Pastor Marttell Sánchez