And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, 'How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?'
I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
Jesus came to this earth to save the lost and prodigal children of God: to teach them, heal them, and cast out their demons; to give them a New Covenant, a new life, a pathway to the Kingdom of God, and to defeat Satan--freeing them from sin and death.
As God's chosen people, Jesus came first to the Jews, but most of them would not hear Him. Why not? Because they considered themselves worthy sons of Abraham. They considered their status, lifestyle, and possessions. They considered themselves righteous.
But God says, 'There is none righteous, no, not one' (Romans 3:10). 'There is no one who does good' (Psalm 53:1). So, when prominent Jews questioned Jesus' walk among sinners, tax collectors, and prostitutes, He answered them with Godly irony.
Since no one is righteous, He did not come to call them at all.
Many who call themselves Christians also believe they are righteous. They are smart enough to say, 'I am righteous in Jesus,' but their actions do not prove it. 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me' (Matthew 15:8).
They are the Christian scribes and Pharisees, and they turn millions away from Jesus.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Scribes & Pharisees series.