Mark 2: Who Is Righteous?
I know that we looked at the story before in Matthew, but today in Mark 2, I want to focus again on the idea of Jesus eating with the tax collectors and being criticized for it.
Mar 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
Mar 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
I point this out because I wonder if some people question what Jesus said. Were there really people that He did not come for? Were there some that were already righteous?
I don’t think so. Jesus was perfectly honest. He did not come for the righteous because no one is righteous. However, the scribes and Pharisees clearly thought themselves to be righteous. They thought that they were better than everyone else.
Jesus taught like this a lot. He taught in terms that some people would understand and others would not. There were times where crowds were entirely confused by what He was saying. In this case, the Pharisees seem to have been confused, but that doesn’t mean that Jesus was wrong or out of line. He did come from everyone who was not righteous, and given that no one is righteous, Jesus did indeed come for everyone.
Some people might not believe it or don’t think they deserve it, but that is a significant part of the beauty of what Jesus did.