“15And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. 16When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” 17And hearing this, Jesus said* to them, “it is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:15-16
‘And they were following Him.’
They may have seen miracles and wanted to see more.
They could have come to mock, but stayed to listen.
They could have been part of the crowds who listened to Jesus teach.
Jesus met them where they lived, ate with them, befriended them…and that blew the minds of those other sinners, the scribes of the Pharisees. They wouldn’t have sat down with a tax collector to save their lives.
I’m sure that Jesus’ rebuke when right over their heads: ““it is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The good news is that He is still drawing sinners to Himself. Someone who thinks that they are righteous in their own selves will not heed that call. May God continue to work on you, friend.