Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” — Matthew 9: 10−12
We are to be aware that Jesus turned to all people without discrimination. The account of Jesus sitting down to a meal with tax collectors and sinners is related in the context of the calling of Matthew. Jesus’ table fellowship with people who had transgressed the law clearly demonstrates God’s loving care for the sinner.
- The Son of God became human in order to provide help for those who are sick with sin.
- The fact that He turns to sinners in particular in His love is incomprehensible to many.
- The more we become aware of the love of Christ for us, the greater our love for Him will become.