Mark 2:17 (NKJV)
17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
When Jesus heard it, speaking of the Pharisees questioning why Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus answers profoundly with a simple truth. He is there to make those well who understand fully that they are not well. They understand they are sick with sin and are looking for the answer to make them well again. The question is, why doesn’t everyone come to the great Physician for spiritual healing?
They do not know they are sick
We live in a world that is spiraling out of control when it comes to morality. In today’s society, we are truly moving the morality needle further and further away from where it should be. What is right is now wrong and what is wrong is now right. I am sure unbelievers look around them and see sin surrounding them and think, “I am a better person than most around me.” Unfortunately, we know that being “good” is not good enough when perfection is the benchmark for heaven. Their logic is sound, as they are probably really good people. When we look at sin though, we must remember as Galatians 5:9 reminds us, a little leaven leavens the whole lump. A little sin keeps us away from perfection and in need of a Savior.
They do not see the church as a hospital
I think the outside world looks at the church as a whole as a bunch of people that think they are perfect. The reality is, the church is packed with people that know their sinful nature and are attending because of it. We understand that our sin deserves judgment, we go to Christ our Physician for healing, forgiveness, and to seek wisdom as we repent. You always hear the excuse that people are trying to clean their lives up before going to the Lord. What a foolish thought, it’s kind of like taking ibuprofen in hopes that it will heal a broken leg. God understands where you are at and the sin that surrounds your life. It is only Him who can cleanse that broken life.
Many of us refuse to admit when we are wrong. It has been a number of years since I accepted the Lord, but I knew that I was wrong, that I was living a sinful life, I just did not want to admit it. To admit to a sinful life is to fall very short of the person we want to be.
Jesus admits that he did not come for the righteous, He came for the people that knew they were sick. Of course, whether we admit it or not, we are all sick with sin. Thankfully, the Lord came as a Physician to set us free from sin. We must explain this to an unbelieving world in love, that they may find true forgiveness through our great God.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.