Jesus, the people magnet?
Jesus attracted sinners, while the religious leaders repelled them. We see this time and time again throughout the gospels, that people who were far from having a relationship with God “drew near” or came to, Jesus. And why? Because he CARED for them and their ultimate need of being set free from their enslavement to the power and penalty of sin in their lives.
The religious leaders were both shocked and appalled that Jesus would actually form friendships with the sinners, tax collectors, sick and diseased, that he had invited to be a part of the banquet. There was absolutely NO CARE in the hearts of these religious leaders concerning those who were lost and far from God, in their midst. Instead there was only anger.