80. How did Jesus treat “great sinners” in particular?
Jesus did not despise sinners, but had mercy on them and forgave the penitent. He made new people out of them and thus showed them God’s perfect love for sinners.
- The Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2)
- I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)
- This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15)