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πŸ‘‘ Not The Righteous, But Sinners

β€œAnd it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:10-13).

Jesus Christ came to save the bad people, not the β€œgood!”

You have probably seen videos of police officers working in the field. They encounter people engaging in many activitiesβ€”robbery or theft, domestic abuse, prostitution, extremely reckless driving, fighting, drunkenness, and drug use or drug dealing, to name a few. Due to their poor decisions, these souls are in some very tough situations. The religious crowdβ€”puffed up in self-righteousnessβ€”dismisses these people as β€œhopelessly hell-bound.” However, these β€œsinners” are more likely to come to faith in Christ than those sitting in the church pews! Consider today’s Scripture.

Scripture says β€œmany publicans and sinners came and sat down with [Jesus] and his disciples.” The Pharisees found this revolting! Why did Jesus not associate with them (these religious leaders)? How could He, a supposed β€œprophet of God” and β€œreligious teacher,” eat with such dishonest publicans (tax collectors) and various β€œsinners” (people with bad reputations)? The Lord Jesus overheard His critics asking His disciples that question, and He responded: β€œThey that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

These publicans and sinners recognized their sin problem. They also saw Jesus as the only Physician who had the cure for their spiritual illness. Too caught up in religion and their own β€œgoodness,” the Pharisees were content in condemning people who were humble enough to admit their sinfulness. We need many such β€œpublicans and sinners” today, and far fewer β€œPharisees!” source

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Verse for 12/15/2017

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. — Luke 1:30-33

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