10And 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.
11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
(Matthew 9:10-12, King James Version)
Whole or Sick
As Jesus sat at the table to eat at the house of Matthew, the tax collector, with many of Matthew's friends (also tax collectors), the Pharisees were horrified. They asked Jesus' disciples, "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?"
Hearing them, Jesus replied, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick." Has anything changed? Here we are in the 21st century and we find that, still, our world is filled with the whole and the sick. The question we must ask is, "Which am I? Am I whole or sick?"
What did Jesus mean by this saying? During Jesus time, the Jewish religious leaders were, by and large, indignant toward Jesus. They, who viewed themselves as whole had no need of a Savior. They were already quite righteous enough--or at least that is the manner in which they viewed themselves. The list of righteous deeds they performed was seemingly endless.
What of the world in which we live? Do people today need a Savior--do they view themselves as sinners? Sadly, in this, the 21st century, the rush is to redefine sin--or to get rid of it completely. After all, we live in the "I'm OK, you're OK" world. What may be wrong for you, may actually be right for me, for everything is relative. When viewing ourselves, we actually like what we see, so where is the need for being saved. Saved from what? How different is that from the attitude of the Pharisees? It is no different at all.
But, what of the publicans and sinners of Jesus' day? These people had no trouble seeing themselves as sinners. Knowing that they fell far short of the perfection of God, Jesus' words were a balm to their soul. Yes, they knew that they were sick, and in need of saving.
So, here we are in the 21st century, still looking for those who understand that they are sick. Truthfully, every man, woman, and child is sick and in need of saving. The words of Christ are just as relevant to us today. As we see our hopeless condition before a holy and righteous God, we see our need of a Savior.
Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a virgin, suffered, died, was buried, and resurrected. Why? So that He might save a people for Himself! The good news today is that all those who are sick, and understand that before God they are actually dead, can go to Christ, for He has paid the debt of their sin. He came to this earth to save a people for Himself. Until the Lord Jesus Christ returns again, that door of salvation is still open, but it will not remain so forever.
So, the real question each of us needs to ask ourselves is this: are we whole or sick?
Come to Christ today, while His arms are open to His children!
God Bless You,