Join us in the Project 345 reading plan as we read through the New Testament.
Context: The Pharisees ask why Jesus is hanging out with tax collectors and sinners.
Matthew 9:12-13 “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.’”
Observations: “Go and learn what this means…” We must realize our deep need for Jesus. The self-righteous don’t seek the perfect righteousness that Jesus gives us. Jesus quotes Hosea 6:6 in verse 13 – “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”
Application: I must live in a constant realization of my desperate need for Christ’s spiritual healing. “Thank you, Lord, for being my Physician and healing me. Thank you for Your mercy.”
Do you think you need a spiritual doctor? Why or why not?