BIBLE READING: Matthew 9
This chapter is filled with the miracles of Christ. Jesus had the power to cure any human condition and undertook to heal anyone who came to Him seeking healing.
Needless to say, the religious leaders of the day resisted Jesus’ power to heal. They said He was of the Devil and not of God. His healings were the power of the Devil not the power of God. They resisted Jesus because He healed on the Sabbath. The leaders had to devise a plan to discredit Jesus, because they could not explain His miracles.
One of Jesus’ actions that aroused the Pharisees anger against Jesus is that He ate with tax collectors and sinners. This was true. Jesus said the sick need a doctor and not a well person. (v.12) It was not Jesus' mission to call the righteous to repentance but to call sinners. To call sinners you must go among them. Not to take up their evil ways, but to "call" them repentance. We must associate with those who need Jesus in order to share Him with them.