Jesus, Overhearing, Shot Back…

Later, Levi invited Jesus and His disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.)

“Whaa, there cowboy! PK, are you telling us that Jesus hung around tax collectors and disreputable sinners?” (I think it’s funny that “tax collectors” are classified along with “disreputable sinners.” Hope you don’t work for the I.R.S.) Yes, I’m telling everyone because the Bible tells us so. It even says…

“But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw Him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked His disciples, “Why does He eat with such scum?”

Man! Those Pharisees were brutal. I love the way Jesus finishes this meeting. Here it is…..

“Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit. (Mark 2:15-16 NLT/ Mark 2:17 MSG)

So, what do you think? Are WE the kind of person that gets saved and then spends all of our time trying to make others spiritually-fit…. which makes us feel spiritually-fit? Listen, I’m not saying we should not help people to “grow” God’s Kingdom, His church. We need them. However, Jesus is telling us that His whole purpose was to reach the lost, the “sin-sick.” Without the sin-sick, Christianity would die off.

OK, last thought. Christians, and even non-Christians, have a bad habit. Let’s call it “sin-sick-NESS.” We all have our comfort zones. And I’m pretty sure that most of us don’t like to be inconvenienced. People say, “I hate my job. Nobody is a Christian and they make fun of me. I am going to quit!“ They don’t realize that God had them right where He wanted them, because the co-workers had sin-sick-NESS. The great Physician (Jesus) was trying to reach out to those co-workers who were reaching up to Jesus. Too bad that Inconvenience got in the way…

We are living in times of greatness!

Pastor Kevin Kinchen

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