“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”Matthew 9:12-13
Jesus had just called Matthew out to follow Him. Matthew was hated by the Jews because he was a hired hand. He was a Jew who sold out and worked for Gentiles, collecting taxes from his brethren. Now Jesus came and took Matthew out of that life, Matthew repented of his sins and accepted Jesus as Master and Savior. And Matthew was so excited, he invited his friends to have a meal with Jesus. He wanted everyone to accept Christ into their hearts.
The religious elite were lurking around Matthew’s house during this time and watching. They began wondering why Jesus and His disciples were sitting down with the unclean and sinful. Being the cowards they were, they approached Jesus’ disciples first and questioned them. They did not go directly to the One with the answers.
The Pharisees were comparing their righteous deeds against the deeds of those they viewed as despicable. They were viewing them critically. By comparing themselves to others, they missed seeing themselves against the truth.
The Apostle Paul once wrote, “I care very little, however, if I am judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself” (1 Cor. 4:3). He did not use others to measure his righteousness, there is always someone better. And, he did not even use himself as a measure because he probably thought himself better than what he really was. The only measure any human can use is in the Bible. The Bible is the instrument that tells us about Jesus.
Jesus is the only One that is perfect and blameless. He is the only One who is righteous. We should never examine ourselves against others but put our lives up next to Christ. When we do that, we see how sinful we all really are, and then we realize how much we need Him. He is “The Great Physician!”