Mark 2:16-17 – “And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ And 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.’”
Jesus did not come for the healthy, but for the sick. This is a phrase many of us have probably heard at one point or another in our lives – but do we really understand what it means?
Realize Your Need
He did not come for those who think their life is fine without him; for those who believe they do not sin; for those who think they have everything all together; or for those who don’t care what he has to offer. Jesus came for those who realize their sin, their hopelessness, and their need for a Savior. He came for those who need Him above all else.
Jesus came to save those who realize their need for a Savior. The sinners and common people Jesus was eating dinner with did not believe to be perfectly fine, and had a mutual desire to follow Jesus and His teachings. However, the Pharisees and Religious leaders did not see a need for Jesus. They were educated, well-known, and powerful in the Jewish community, and saw Jesus as nothing more than a crazy man who was attempting to overthrow their influence among the Jewish people.
When we come to realize what Jesus is all about and all He offers us, we will usually have a strong desire to follow Him. Before this, though, we have to first realize who we are in our sinful, broken humanity.
Jesus is the One True Sacrifice
Why? Jesus came to be the one true sacrifice for all those who sinned. He took upon Himself the full wrath of the Father meant for all sinners – past, present, and future – in order that our punishment would be fulfilled.
So the problem, then, with claiming to be fine without Jesus, with claiming to be sinless and okay in this life, is that we are claiming no need for Jesus’ sacrifice, and so claiming no need to be saved – after all, we would have nothing to be saved from.
Before any person can come to truly know and have a relationship with God, we must first understand the immense gift of grace and mercy we have been given through the cross – that we are sinful, lost, and broken people without Jesus. Thankfully, Jesus has come to wash us clean and bring us hope.
What Should I Do Now?
- Examine: Do you actually believe you need Jesus, or do you think you are doing fine on your own? Take some time to seriously ask yourself that question.
- Pray: Thank God for His grace and mercy, and for the amazing sacrifice He made through Jesus on the cross. Ask Him to help you refocus your life on Him.