May 21, 2020
- Tyler Alexander
And 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.
Often times I’ve read these verses and at first glance it’s easy to just read this as merely a rebuke from Jesus toward the Pharisees. Jesus here is confronted by these Pharisees because he sits and eats with those who have utterly fallen short of God. The Pharisees know God’s law, they know His Words, but they have missed His heart, in and among those Scriptures and Ordinances. Jesus is saying it’s more than just about how well you can walk the line, but if you truly understood the Heart of God, “walking the line” is about “walking in love”. These ambassadors of the covenant of God aren’t seeing these “publicans” and “sinners” as God sees them. Jesus is saying that beyond the “sacrifices” prescribed by the law, His “mercy” is so much better because it’s not just about what you do and don’t do, it’s about God’s love for His people and what He’s willing to do to be reunited to them. Even the Pharisees. And if they really understood it’s about His mercy and what He’s done for us, they’d show that same compassion towards one another. Even though they have missed the point and aren’t showing that same love towards their neighbors I truthfully believe Jesus not only desires but is also inviting everyone in that room to come to Him. That’s His mercy. That’s just who He is. I hope you find great comfort this morning knowing that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Anyone who is willing to humble themselves and look into the law of love and see how much He loves us and desires to have a relationship with Him, and place their faith in Him, He will in no way cast out. Right where you are. Thank you Jesus for your mercy and your ultimate sacrifice in which you’ve given for us. We could in no way ever give what you have lovingly sacrificed for us.