Coming to Call Sinners

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.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 5:30-32

Luke 5:32 is a great verse and one that I am thankful is in the Bible.  Have you ever stopped to think about the truth it contains?  “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  If it were possible to be righteous on ones own, Jesus would not have needed to come to Earth, suffer and die on a cross, and rise from the dead.  But, we are not and cannot be righteous on our own.  Romans 3:10 tells us that “…There is none righteous, no, not one…”  Fortunately, Jesus didn’t come to call the righteous.  He came “to call sinners to repentance.”  He came for sinners.  He came for us.

I’m not a righteous man.  I’m not even a “good” man.  I am a wicked, vile, evil sinner.  If the Lord Jesus Christ had come for the righteous, I would have no chance.  I would surely have been passed by and left out.  But He came for wicked, vile, evil sinners like me.  He came to give His own righteousness to those who could not obtain it any other way (which includes all of us).  One of the most amazing thoughts about the salvation and the Christian life is that He came for me.

Sometimes as Christians we get comfortable in our churches, surrounded by other Christians.  While there is nothing at all wrong with fellowshipping with other Christians, we do need to remember that Jesus came to call sinners to repentance and expects us to do the same.  He came for us: the least we could do is share that good news with others!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for encouraging us to share the Good News of His love and forgiveness with others, Ben! God bless you!


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