“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?” 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”” (Luke 5:30-32).
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law thought they had no need of a Saviour. They thought that they could do it all by themselves. They considered themselves to be far superior to those they dismissed as “tax collectors and sinners.”
Their question – “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” was more than a question. It was a criticism.
They failed to see that they, also, were sinners, who needed a Saviour.
What are we to say about Jesus’ words, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”?
Let there be no more saying, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector” (Luke 18:11).
May our prayer be, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” (Luke 18:13).