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Physicians are essential. In our text, Jesus compares himself to a physician. Jesus shows himself as a physician accepting new patients. Jesus shows himself as a physician accepting new patients. He calls his patients to: DISCIPLESHIP. FELLOWSHIP. REPENTANCE.

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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 leaving everything, he rose and followed him” (vv 27-28, ESV).







Wait a minute jesus i have a good career just leave me alone1
“wait a minute, Jesus. I have a good career. Just leave me alone.”

But, Jesus calls us to radical discipleship.


“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me’” (Mt 16:24, ESV).


“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me’” (Mt 16:24, ESV).

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:26, ESV).


“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:33, ESV).


Matthew got up, left everything, & followed Jesus. that he has cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:33, ESV).




What would you have done
What would you have done? that he has cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:33, ESV).


How is your discipleship this morning
How is your discipleship this morning? that he has cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:33, ESV).


Is that the type of devotion you have shown jesus
Is that the type of devotion you have shown Jesus? that he has cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:33, ESV).


Jesus calls patients to fellowship
Jesus calls patients to fellowship. that he has cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:33, ESV).

vv 29-30


“And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’” (vv 29-30, ESV).



Jesus’ call for Levi to follow him was probably a great honor for Levi.

Levi returns the honor by throwing a banquet for Jesus.


Jesus’ call for Levi to follow him was probably a great honor for Levi.

Levi returns the honor by throwing a banquet for Jesus. The return of honor was important in Palestine.


The Pharisees & scribes complained: “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”



  • The Pharisees & scribes complained: “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

    • Eating together was a sign of great intimacy.

    • “But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one” (1 Cor 5:11, ESV).




  • The Pharisees & scribes complained: “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

    • “Complained” is an imperfect in Gr—repeated action in the past.

    • The Pharisees thought they were better than these “undesirables” with whom Jesus was eating.

      • Don’t we still have that problem?


  • The Pharisees & scribes complained: “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

    • “Complained” is an imperfect in Gr—repeated action in the past.

    • The Pharisees thought they were better than these “undesirables” with whom Jesus was eating.

      • Don’t we still have that problem?

      • Jesus says: “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter who you are. You can come to me.”


That does not mean that jesus approves of sin
That drink with tax collectors and sinners?”does not mean that Jesus approves of sin.


“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from drink with tax collectors and sinners?”now on sin no more” (Jn 8:11, ESV).


“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from drink with tax collectors and sinners?”now on sin no more” (Jn 8:11, ESV).

What this means is that Jesus cares for us regardless of who we are.


Jesus calls patients to repentance
Jesus calls patients to repentance drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

vv 31-32


“And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance’” (vv 31-32, ESV).


The sick, not the healthy, need a physician. need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance’” (vv 31-32, ESV).


Jesus applies that short parable to the Pharisees: “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”


Jesus did not come to call the righteous to repentance. not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”



  • Jesus did not come to call the righteous to repentance. not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

    • Better translation: “I have not come to call the self-righteous to repentance.”

    • The Pharisees believed they needed no repentance, for they were righteous.


Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”



  • Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

    • Here: “sinners”=“those willing to admit to sinfulness.”

    • “Repentance” refers to changing one’s mind about sin & carrying out that change of mind in daily life.


Repentance is absolutely essential. not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”



  • Repentance is absolutely essential. not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

    • “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Lk 13:3, ESV).

    • “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19, ESV).


  • Repentance is absolutely essential. not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

    • “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Lk 13:3, ESV).

    • “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19, ESV).

    • “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30, ESV).



“Robert gave Richard a rap in the rib for roasting the rabbit so rare.”

“Bob gave Dick a poke in the side for not cooking the bunny enough.”


“Robert gave Richard a rap in the rib for roasting the rabbit so rare.”

“Bob gave Dick a poke in the side for not cooking the bunny enough.”

Let us not ignore the R word: REPENTANCE!



“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38, ESV).


“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38, ESV).

Both repentance & baptism are necessary for salvation.


Do you need to come to have remission of your sins
Do you need to come to have remission of your sins? Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38, ESV).


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