Vs. 17, “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Amen to this! There’s incredible comfort in knowing that Jesus came for the sinners, the lost. I expound on that in the application section. The healing of the paralytic is a reminder of the forgiveness of our sins (vs. 1-12). The calling of Levi (Matthew) would most definitely call to attention the choices of who Jesus was selecting (vs. 13-17). Here Jesus was dining with sinners while the “righteous” were fasting (vs. 18-22). And lastly, we are reminded again how Jesus brings a certain type of freedom when we are in a relationship with him that even supercedes the law (vs. 23-28)
Regarding application…True Righteousness. Vs. 16, “When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” Question: Were the deceiving and greedy tax collector’s better than the self-righteous Pharisees? Of course not, it wasn’t the action or the lack of action that made them righteous. It was the condition of their heart in response to Jesus. Brothers & Sisters, that is what is so important. There is nothing you can do or not do that can change the love of the Father that is in Christ Jesus. Even doing QT’s daily isn’t going to make me any more loved than you by God. Righteousness comes from Jesus by the cross (II Cor. 5:21). As you continue your journey, having that in your mind and beginning to grasp God’s grace will help give you the reason you want to (not have to) spend time with our Lord who loves you!