Reflecting the Glory | Luke 5:31-32 | Devotional
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."
In Jesus’ day, everyone despised taxes and those who collected them. Some things never change. Tax collectors were Jews who worked for the Roman government enforcing heavy taxation and many times helped themselves to the “cookie jar.” So when Jesus called a tax collector to follow him…and the tax collector “got up, left everything and followed him”…and the tax collector threw a big party at his house attended by his tax collector friends…the Pharisees were none too happy. Watching Jesus mix and mingle with these “traitors” was more than the Pharisees could handle. They confronted Jesus: “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” Jesus’ response is found in today’s passage.
Jesus did not come to find those who believe they are found. He came to those who know that they are lost. He came to people wobbling under the weight of sin. He came to people who sadly hold the broken pieces of their heart. He came to people who wake up each day with open wounds. He came to people diseased with sin. The Great Physician came to heal our soul.
If you really believe, like the Pharisees, that your self-prescribed spiritual treatment makes you whole, then, like the Pharisees, you really don’t need Jesus.
Father, show us our need for a Savior. And show us our need to depend on him daily. In Jesus’ name. Amen.