Scripture: Luke 5:27-39
Summary: Of all the people in Palestine in Jesus/ day, tax collectors were the most hated. Yet, Jesus invited the tax collector Matthew to be among his closest followers. Jesus’ rationale was that sick people (sinners) need a doctor to get well. Jesus loved and accepted Matthew, and all people who had a negative label, (Matthew 11:19). Furthermore, Jesus wanted sick people to become well, he wanted sinners to repent and turn toward spiritual health. May we follow Jesus’ example and have a good, loving, gracious bedside manner toward the sick.