… Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners’. Mark 2:17 (NIV)
The incident that sparked this comment from Jesus was his attendance at a meal at the house of a tax collector (Levi). The people who were attending didn’t object to Jesus and his disciples being there. It was the religious establishment (the Pharisees) who thought it was inappropriate for Jesus to be mixing with the lower echelons of society (tax collectors and sinners).
Jesus’ response gets straight to the point. His mission is to bring everyone back into a right relationship with God. He uses the analogy of a doctor and patient. How do you see yourself? As well, or as sick and in need of God’s forgiveness?