9 As Jesus continued on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at a kiosk for collecting taxes. He said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him. 10 As Jesus sat down to eat in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners joined Jesus and his disciples at the table. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 When Jesus heard it, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. 13 Go and learn what this means: I want mercy and not sacrifice. I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners (Matthew 9:9-13, CEB)
I wonder about this, because even healthy people go to the doctor, for check ups and yearly exams. I am not in the greatest of health, as I have several chronic issues, but I would not say I am unhealthy, and I still go to the doctor twice a year. Is that what Jesus means here?
Yes and no, because even though I say I am healthy, in the grand scheme of things it is because of my medications and the things my doctor recommends that makes me healthier, but still not the best.
Jesus came to call the sinners, those who are separated from God, to be with God. But isn’t that really all of us?
We all need a different side or view of Jesus, the one that will allow us in our brokenness to see God as the one who loves us as we are. We need to get away from the noise of those who think they have the answers and hear God say, ” You are my beloved child.”
God doesn’t want the self righteous, God wants those who are loved by God, to open themselves to God and receive the love God has for them.