When critics called Jesus “a friend of sinners,” it was not meant as a compliment (Luke 7:34). Instead, he was being judged as spiritually unworthy for associating with people who were despised in that culture. When asked why he spent time with the outcasts, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” As the Great Physician, Jesus can eternally heal all who trust in Him. That means that sinners like you and me—and everyone we know and love—have hope. There are two powerful truths that confront us: first, Jesus invites us as sinners into a relationship with Him. Second, we can extend this hope to other sinners who need a friend in Jesus. As we celebrate His birth, let’s do just that. 

For His glory,

Bill Bertsche
Executive Pastor