But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NRSV)
It was Jesus who was willing to sit with sinners. More than once he upset the applecart of the status quo. He disagreed with the legal system of his day and what was worse, he said that the priests weren't really worth very much.

A woman and her grandmother--a very forgiving and religious soul--were sitting on their porch discussing a member of the family. "He's just no good," the young woman said. "He's completely untrustworthy."

"Yes, he's bad," the grandmother said as she rocked back and forth in her rocker, "but Jesus loves him."

"I'm not so sure of that," the younger woman persisted.

"Oh, yes," assured the elderly lady. "Jesus loves him." She rocked and thought for a few more minutes and then added, "Of course, Jesus doesn't know him like we do...."

Isn't it good to know that Jesus loves sinners?

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to love me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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