“When Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.’” Mark 2:17
It appears in Mark 2 that the scribes and Pharisees were walking by Levi’s (a tax collector) house as he was hosting a party filled with the rejects of society. I can almost see the scribes and Pharisees walking by with their eyebrows raised and faces snarled when they saw Jesus and the disciples in the midst of the party. Then they pointed their self-righteous fingers down at them and said with a loud voice for all to hear, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus then replied, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
The scribes and Pharisees wrapped their sin in respectability. They made themselves look good by obeying the law, doing good works and pointing out the sins of others. Jesus chose not to spend time with the self righteous, but with the rejects who sensed their own sin and knew they were not good enough for God. In order to come to God we must repent, which means we must first see our sin for what it is.
The truth is, there is no shortage of sick people in our midst today. They are in our families, our workplaces and just about every other place we go. They are sick and in need of a healer of their soul, and God has called us to let them know there is nothing on earth that can heal their soul but Jesus. Please pray about inviting a sick person you know to church on Sunday as we open Mark 2:13-22 and spend time in the presence of “Jesus, Healer of the Soul”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!