It's amazing to note that in Jesus' day, He often condemned the religious elite (people assumed to be holy) and found friendship with the publicans and sinners (people assumed to be unholy). In today's broadcast, we look through scripture at a few examples in which God's grace is found in unusual places. Who would expect to find a grace changed person working as a harlot in Jericho? Few, for sure. And yet there is Rahab, who justified herself (declared herself just) by receiving the Israelite spies. Then there is the thief on the cross. Yet again, there is the sinful woman of the city who washed Jesus' feet with her tears.
As Paul rightly said, Jesus came into the world to save sinner. While the Pharisees condemned Jesus for this attribute, a sensible sinner finds great peace in their accusation that Jesus is the friend of sinners.
Radio broadcast for August 28, 2016