Summary: Its sad but true that we forget that our responsibility is to lead the lost to Christ, and to remember that we were once lost too.
If you were organizing a church you would not go to Jensen and Quitman to look for members would you
(an area frequented by prostitutes)
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
I overheard a believer make this ridiculous statement Sinners are the enemy
I. God calls the unlikely
A. Common folk
B. Ceremonially unclean
A happy fate to be known to the entire world for all time, only by this one thing, that he unconditionally, immediately and joyfully obeyed Christ’s call
Perhaps it’s the plain folk who have been searching for something genuine and recognizes when it appears
It was the thief that extended an Invitation to Jesus to come home with Him
The thief prepared a feast for Jesus
We can’t get angry with Matthew because more crooks came over
He invites those like him, those who need forgiveness too.
II. Fellowships with the Undesirable
He is comfortable with the undesirable
They do not change who he is, He changes who they are
The religiously unclean and socially disreputable are the very ones Jesus came to save (v. 13).
The Pharisees insist that sinners become righteous to gain acceptance; Jesus insists that they be accepted as sinners.
III. He serves the unfortunate less fortunate
Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’a For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Expecting a Messiah who would crush the sinful and support the righteous, they had little place for one who accepted and transformed the sinner and dismissed the "righteous" as hypocrites. Jesus explained his mission in terms reminiscent
He was so unlike them.
He came among these sinners as a physician; and who wonders at his being beside the sick?
He does not spend his days by their bedsides because he likes the
atmosphere, but because it is his business to make them well.
They preserve the shell and lose the heart of the matter
God’s desire that his people should show mercy rather than only perform external sacrifices, and this meaning is probably intended by our Lord here also. The connection will then be either (1) “I wish you to show mercy rather than perform external actions, for only thus will you resemble me in my coming to call sinners;”
Learn the true principle by which God acts, free grace, for it is on this that I have acted in coming to call sinners.”