Jesus Met With Sinners
TNIV Scripture for Tuesday, September 2, 2008 [Matthew 9:10-13]
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?' On hearing this, Jesus said, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'
Pride kept the Pharisees from recognizing their need for salvation and for Jesus. Pride kept them focused on their own good deeds and rationalizing the evil in their lives. Pride enabled them to look down on sinners instead of helping them. Jesus displayed humility and mercy and everyone noticed the contrast, even the Pharisees. May you humbly walk in the power of Jesus today and serve the sinners who need Jesus.