Read: Luke 19:1-10
Jesus did not come into this world to die for good people. If He did so, His mission would have been in vain, for God Himself says, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10; Ps. 14:3). Isa. 64:6 says, “We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” Again Rom. 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
In one church, an evangelistic meeting was being conducted when a prostitute came forward and confessed her sins. As she was broken-hearted, she wept bitterly. She asked God to forgive her and expressed a desire to join the church. She said, “I’ll gladly sit in some back corner.” The preacher hesitated to call for a motion to accept her into membership, and for a few moments there was complete silence. Finally, a member stood up and suggested that action on her request be postponed. One of the members of that church was the great American businessman Samuel Colgate. He stood up and said with a tone of sarcasm, “I guess we blundered when we prayed that the Lord would save sinners. We forgot to specify what kind. We’d better ask Him to forgive us for this oversight. The Holy Spirit has touched this woman and made her truly repentant, but apparently the Lord doesn’t understand she isn’t the type we want Him to rescue.” The audience blushed with shame. They had been guilty of judging like the Pharisee in the temple who exclaimed self-righteously, “God, I thank You that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers” (Luke 18:11). Another motion was made and the woman was unanimously received into the church.
No matter how great a sinner you are, Jesus will receive and save you if you come to Him in repentance and faith. Jesus Himself said, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Yes, He came to save the lost, the last, and the least.