The religious elite of Israel looked down on Jesus. They said, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." The intended this as a cut-down. Really it was a compliment to our Savior. And their words bring us sinners great comfort.
Many think the Parable of the Good Samaritan is just a simple story about how we should treat our fellow human beings. Really, this story is all about salvation - the wrong way to salvation, the right way to salvation and our reaction to salvation.