Friends in Low Places

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:27-32.

Tax collectors and sinners represent the spectrum of people we don’t like. Tax collectors were well off, government bureaucrats, and sellouts to an oppressive regime. Sinners were prostitutes and other assorted lowlifes. There’s a little something there to make everyone wrinkle their noses.

Jesus likened Himself to the doctor, not one of the sick. He had something to offer that the sick needed. That was His reason for being there. Likewise, if you already believe in Jesus, you have something to offer. You have Him, and all He has given to you. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

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