Jesus came to call you

Matthew Bible Background

02.18.2018 – New Testament: Mark 2.17

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 2 on February 18, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The enemies of Jesus criticized Him for eating with tax collectors and sinners, not knowing why He came to the earth. When He heard their criticism, 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” (Mark 2.17).

Jesus wanted to emphasize that the people with whom He associated were the people He came to seek and to save. He made that emphasis by using what some call Relative Negation, where the speaker or writer will say something to the effect of, Not so much this as that; or, I came not so much to call the righteous, but to call sinners, to repentance. His attention was on the sinners. Did the righteous sin? Yes, they did, so He also came for them, but sometimes the righteous, or at least those who perceive themselves as righteous, do not always see their own sin.


  • Do you see your sin?
  • Do you think you are better than others?

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