A Sinner's Friend (Through the Gospels)
"But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” ^Matthew 9:12-13
The only time I take medicine is when I am sick. The only time I go to the hospital is when the sickness doesn’t subside after medication.
The one who comes to Jesus, realizes that he is spiritually sick. He sees himself as a sinner. Only sinners look for a Savior. The one who sees himself rightly, will go to Jesus on a daily basis for His mercy and grace. However, those who cannot truly see themselves, will live self-sufficient lives. These are the individuals who are deceived in thinking that they are “righteous” and in “control” of their own lives. To these individuals, Jesus does not aid His hand.
In fact, Jesus rejects the proud and self-righteous but gives Himself to broken sinners. It’s as if Jesus cannot help but give Himself to sinners. Jesus is attracted to sinners. Jesus is drawn to sinners. Jesus died for sinners.
Jesus is currently hanging out at Matthew’s house along with all of Matthew’s friends. Before becoming a follower of Jesus, Matthew was a tax collector. Tax collectors were known by the Jews to be extortioners, traitors and thieves. They were considered to be the worst sinners. But Jesus, a friend of sinners goes to them. Why? Because Jesus knows that the worse someone is the more help they need. Jesus extends the eternal hand of grace to these tax collectors and they respond to His invitation.
Deep down in our souls we are not better than Matthew and the tax collectors. We are just as sinful and in need of His forgiveness. I encourage you today, to come to Him. Bring your wounds, brokenness and sins to the Savior He will heal you. God bless you.