“Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them’” (Luke 15:2).
That Jesus received sinners means he welcomed them. He opened wide the door of his heart and welcomed them as friends. It was indicative of his redeeming nature and the heart of God. Religious people, on the other hand, grumble against, point fingers at, and accuse sinners. It makes them feel better about themselves. As the church, the body of Christ, our role isn’t that of a religious gate-keeper for qualified saints, but a people who open the door to sinners and say, “Welcome.”