In Luke chapter five, Jesus calls Levi the tax collector to become his disciple. Levi invites Jesus to come to his home for dinner, which causes the Pharisees to question why Jesus would eat with people (friends of Levi, some of whom were also tax collectors themselves) who were of such low regard.
Jesus answers the Pharisees in verse 31 and 32 by saying, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”
Here in these verses Jesus really makes it clear that there is no value to the pretense of righteousness that the Pharisees are cloaked in. Jesus says refers to those that think they are righteous, not to those that actually are righteous.
I can imagine that hearing this really gave the Pharisees pause. I wonder how it must have felt to be all dressed up in the trappings of religious authority, as the Pharisees were, only to have the Son of God tell them that they are only pretending, and are not quite as holy as they think.
Jesus came here to earth to save people from destruction in the afterlife due to self-destructive behavior on earth. When I interacted with him as the consciousness of the Sun, I felt his over-awing love for humanity and I finally understood the force that drove him to commit to enduring such terrible suffering; it was his love for us.
He makes us see in these verse that assuming righteousness can be an impediment to Salvation itself. He says that the Pharisees ‘think’ they are righteous, but it is the people that ‘know’ that they are sinners that he can help, and that those who accept this truth about themselves are those whom he will be able to help.
It is an admonishment to us to really be honest with ourselves about our spiritual condition, and to completely discard any notions about what human values can do for us. Human esteem can be a trap that keeps us from the humility necessary to come to Christ and God for Salvation, and deliverance from the hell realms in the afterlife.
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