“The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!” Luke 7:34.
If Jesus Wasn’t the Friend of Sinners, He Couldn’t be Friends with Any of Us!
The only reason some people like to say that Jesus wasn’t actually a friend to sinners is because they somehow think that they themselves are not sinners. Or at least, they are not “as bad” as those other sinners.
You know what this is? This is called pride, which is the worst of all possible sins.
The only people who would claim that Jesus wasn’t really the friend to sinners are those people who don’t think they themselves are sinners.
I believe that when Jesus makes His statements about not coming for the righteous in Luke 5:32 and not coming for the healthy in Matthew 9:12, He was implying that none of us are righteous, none of us healthy. We are all sinners in need of repentance. We are all sick in need of a physician.
If Jesus was only going to hang out with the righteous, He would have stayed in heaven.