The Pharisees were shocked to see Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. How could He keep company with such undesirable people? As Alistair Begg reminds us, Jesus’ attendance at meals like these did not signify approval of His companions’ sin. He came to save outcasts and sinners such as them! Indeed, the church is a company of saved sinners and should, as our Savior showed us, be a place of healing for those who are spiritually sick.
15And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16And the scribes of1 the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat2 with tax collectors and sinners?” 17And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
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