Luke 7:34: The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! ’ But wisdom is justified by all her children.
This passage makes it clear that Jesus had no problem breaking away from the Jews of the synagogue and hanging out among the rabble of Israel. They tended to be the tax-collectors (a group everyone hated), prostitutes, gluttons, drunks, the sick, and other assorted sinners of His day. Some followed Him around and got healed of their maladies and many followed Him-but at a distance. But if those sinners were around Him, they all were attracted to His love, yet confronted with His truth which caused many to be converted and to follow Him. Here is one particularly descriptive recount of the incident of Matthew or Levi the tax collector’s conversion:
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