How precious a thought: Jesus - friend of sinners!
This is the reputation Jesus makes for himself in chapters of the Bible like Luke 7.
Kevin DeYoung says, "No one in the history of the world has been more inclusive of the broken hearted than Jesus. And no one has been more intolerant of the impenitent. A friend of sinners and no friend of sin." Jesus is the kind of friend us sinners need.
To think more about this... Read the story of a forgiven woman in Luke 7:36-50; then reflect on these words composed by Charles Wesley (lyrics quoted below).
Jesus, the sinner’s Friend, to Thee,
Lost and undone, for aid I flee,
Weary of earth, myself, and sin:
Open Thine arms, and take me in.
Pity and heal my sin sick soul;
‘Tis Thou alone canst make me whole;
Dark, till in me Thine image shine,
And lost, I am, till Thou art mine.
At last I own it cannot be
That I should fit myself for Thee:
Here, then, to Thee I all resign;
Thine is the work, and only Thine.
What shall I say Thy grace to move?
Lord, I am sin, but Thou art love;
I give up every plea beside—
Lord, I am lost, but Thou hast died.
– Charles Wesley