Luke 5:30-32 NIV 2011
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples. “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus asked Levi (Matthew) to follow Him. He was a tax collector and in the eyes of the Pharisees, a sinner. Standing outside, the Pharisees grumbled and finally asked the disciples why Jesus chose to dine with sinners. Upon hearing this Jesus made His reply abundantly clear. Sinners need saving. Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Jesus is the sinner’s friend.
Before I decided to take Jesus as my Lord and Savior, Paul said in Ephesians 2:1, I was dead in my transgressions and sins. The gift of salvation is available to all who choose to believe Jesus died for our sins. I love Jesus’ words to the Pharisees referring to any that do not believe in Him are sick. Repentance is a daily process for me. Even though I’m saved, I continue to sin each day. I’m not sinless but my friend Jesus covers my sins.
What sick friend needs to know Jesus?
Jesus is our friend,