Matthew was a corrupt tax collector and Jesus called Matthew to follow him. Matthew agreed, so they went to Matthew’s house. Matthew invited other tax collectors and sinners to join him and Jesus for a meal.
When the Pharisees saw Jesus at Matthew’s house, they asked the disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (ESV)
Jesus answered their question by saying, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means. I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I come not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (ESV)
Jesus was not impressed with the self-righteous attitude of the Pharisees. He also had no desire to help them justify their feelings of superiority.
According to Jesus, he came to heal the sick and to save sinners. I find a lot of comfort in this passage. At times, I feel guilty for sins I committed. However, I know Jesus will not forsake me. Actually, I am the type of person he came to save.