“But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”” (Matthew 9:12-13)
Jesus speaks these words to the crowd that is around when he is spending time eating with Matthew, a former tax collector whom Jesus called to be a disciple. It’s a declaration to everyone Jesus’ mission. He came to heal, to restore. He came to redeem sinners. What an encouraging thought. We are all sinners who need redemption. We are all sick in need of healing. Jesus comes directly to us. We just have to invite him in. He still does that today. He wants to redeem us. He wants to heal us. We have to accept what he’s offering.