Red Letter Day 20: It is the Sick Who Need a Doctor
2015 Lent Blog
Monday March 9
“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.”
The context of this passage has Jesus having dinner at the house of Matthew the tax collector. Who was at this dinner? Many tax collectors. Many were asking Jesus why he would eat with this questionable group. He starts of by making the common analogy, of who needs doctors, the sick, and so here in this case who needs forgiveness, but sinners. Jesus then quotes Hosea 6:6 talking of how God wants mercy rather than sacrifice. To those Jesus was speaking to their priorities were the offerings at the temple and staying away from the wrong types of people.
What they failed to realize is that their offerings at the temple were meant to convey God’s grace to them and then in turn they would share grace God’s with others.
It is possible to do the same today when we say stay away from the wrong crowd of people. There is always the danger of being led in the wrong direction but what Jesus challenges His church to do is to step into every place and bring the message of Christ and the grace he offers. The ultimate goal Jesus has here is mercy and we thank him that he brings that for each and every one of us.
In Christ’s Service,