Luke 5: 29-32: “Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And the scribes and Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying ‘Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.'” Back in the day the issue of eating with sinners was sensitive in Judaism since some believed eating with such company conveyed acceptance of that person’s sins. Jesus was not saying that the Pharisees and scribes had no need of spiritual healing. Instead He was saying that only those who know their spiritual need can be treated. As self-righteous people the scribes and Pharisees, in their own eyes, did not need a doctor. Jesus’ mission, as is ours, was to call sinners to repentance. A humble approach to God for spiritual healing is the essence of repentance.


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