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9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
To me Matthew 9:9-13 demonstrates Jesus’ love for all. We are all God’s children and he does not discriminate. We are all sinners. If we were righteous, we would not need to be saved. If you are not sick, you do not need to go to the doctor. To be righteous, we must be in right standing with God. If we were all perfect and righteous we would not need him like we do, to forgive us for our sins and to help guide us in our faith in our everyday life.
Gracious God, we praise you, for in your love you sent Jesus to do for us what we could not do on our own. He took our sins upon the cross for our sake. He died to take the judgment that should have been ours. By his grace we are forgiven; you call us righteous because he is righteous. We need Jesus our Great Physician, to heal us and make us whole. Thank you that we may call him savior. Amen.