All sorts of people crowded around Christ, and he never turned them away. No matter what they were like, or who they were, he was willing to take them in.
“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him. The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, ‘This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them’.” – Luke 15:12 WEB
His love never turns away, but extends to every ethnic group, nation, and any sort of person. “For God so loved the world,” John tells us. The world. That includes all. The rich and the poor. The sickly and the healthy. Rulers and slaves, and ordinary folk. And he went out of his way to seek them.
Christ sought them all.
- Rich and poor, like Joseph of Arimathea and Lazarus the beggar.
- The learned and physicians, like Dionysius and Luke.
- Soldiers and fishermen: the Roman centurion and the apostles.
- Extortioners, like Zaccheus and Matthew.
- Thieves and murderers: the dying robber and Paul.
- Harlots and adulterers: the Samaritan and the adulteress.
- Tradespeople and rulers: Lydia and the Ethiopian eunuch.
- Whole families, like that of the Philippian jailer.
- Large crowds, like those on the day of Pentecost.
- Even backsliders, like Peter.
- Little children and the elderly.
- Religious people and unbelievers.
- The lame, the blind, the deaf, and lepers.
- And the spiritually blind and deaf, like we all once were.
And he is still seeking his lost sheep today.
He celebrates every time one of them returns to him! He remembers each of our homecomings, and ever awaits to welcome us in our eternal home with him!
God longs for us all to be part of the same flock. Needy, weak, lame, and once-lost sheep longing for home!