Background: Luke the doctor was a missionary companion of the apostle Paul. He wrote the book of Acts also. He focuses this account of the life of Jesus on His humanity and how Jesus understands our weaknesses and cares about every need that we have.
There was much confusion by those who followed Jesus because of the kind of people that He hung around with. Instead of hanging with the religious crowd, He hung around with tax gatherers and sinners. The religious leaders challenged Him why He did this.
Ask the children…
What did Jesus tell them first?
“Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” (Luke 5:31)
Of course everyone understood this example. People who are sick go the doctor. You don’t go if you are well. How did Jesus apply this example?
“I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” (Luke 5:32)
People who don’t think they are sick (the people who think they don’t need their sins forgiven) don’t need Jesus, it is the ones’ who know they are sinners and are looking for forgiveness. Those were the people who Jesus was hanging around with. Not the Pharisees who thought they were keeping all of God’s laws and didn’t need a savior.
Ask your children who they hang around with? Are their people amongst their friends who are struggling in life and are in need of a savior? Ask God to bring a friend who needs to hear the good news of the forgiveness and new life in Christ.
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