A Heart for Helping

And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.  But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Luke 5:28-31

When the scribes and Pharisees took Jesus to task for eating with publicans and sinners, He responded with this statement: “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.”  This response gives us a great insight into the heart and attitude of Jesus.

Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)  Jesus, Who is the Great Physician, came to heal the sick.  Healthy people don’t need a doctor.  Sick people do.  These publicans and sinners were among the worst sinners of the day.  As such, their “sickness” of sin was in an advanced stage.  They needed healed badly.  And Jesus came to give them that healing.

Jesus had a heart to help people.  He had a desire to heal the sick, bind up the broken, and save the sinful.  The Pharisees were of the opinion that they needed no help.  They were not “sinners” like those evil publicans.  They didn’t need Him (or, at least they thought they didn’t need Him).  The publicans and sinners needed Him.  They may have even realized their need of Him.  Levi certainly realized his need because he followed Jesus when given the opportunity.  The Pharisees didn’t follow Jesus.

Even though the publicans were looked down upon, Jesus went to them anyway because they needed Him and He had a heart to help.  Do we have that same heart in us to help others, no matter who or where they may be?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Praying for that kind of heart, Ben. God bless you!


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