In the Company of Sinners

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Luke 7:39

One day Jesus dined in the house of a Pharisee named Simon. During their meal, a woman came up to Jesus with an alabaster box of ointment. She wept and "began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment" (Luke 7:38). The Pharisee couldn't understand why Jesus would let this woman touch Him. She was a sinner, perhaps a prostitute. And yet Jesus was allowing her to touch Him? Didn't He know she was a sinner?

Jesus, of course, knew everything about this woman. He knew her sins were many, but He also knew she wept because of her sins and wanted to show her love for her Savior by anointing His feet. Jesus didn't show disgust at the touch of a sinner because His very purpose was to show sinners love and save them from damnation. Jesus spent time in the company of sinners because they were the people He wanted to reach.

Are we, as Christians, showing the same love for sinners as Jesus did? Or are we content with staying within the walls of our church, secure in the company of fellow believers? Could we show Christ's love to prostitutes, convicts, and gangbangers? Could we reach out to the hopeless and the hurting? Could we even dare to be in the company of sinners?

You were a sinner once, but Jesus chose to love you. Can you love as Jesus loved?

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From a fellow traveler just passing through,

Jason Mitchener



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