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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 he got up, left everything, and followed him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
We’re All Under the Weather
We’re experiencing some chilly and wet weather up here in the Northern Panhandle. And I guess that’s the reason it seems as everybody has been, is or will soon be sick. In other words, I think most of the folks I know are at least a little under the weather right now. And even if they don’t talk about what ails them, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that something is going around, what with all the coughing and sneezing. I’ll tell you, it makes you nervous shaking hands after church. You may go home with more than a warm welcome. And for those of us who have yet to be infected, man, that’s the last thing we need. You see, even though a lot of folks have been laid low by a virus, it hasn’t affected us all.
But I’ll tell you, there is a kind of sickness that we all carry around, one that impacts more than our lungs and nasal cavities. You see, we’re all sinners; therefore, sin infects us all. And this particular illness distorts our understanding of the world around us. It leads us to favor our wants over the needs of others. And it causes us to act as though we are both the center of the universe and the source of all knowledge. As Paul wrote, “We all sin and fall short of the glory of God.” Now that’s what we face, but there’s good news; we have the best possible doctor, one who did and does more than to tell us to drink a lot of fluids and to get plenty of bed rest. You see, our doctor is Jesus Christ, the one who has defeated and frees us from sin. And I’ll tell you, that’s something everyone of us needs, because as it relates to sin, we’re all under the weather.