While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick… For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Social distancing is nothing new. It has always existed in different forms. In Jesus’ time, it was seen as unclean and impure for a “righteous” man to eat with sinners. But Jesus doesn’t do social distancing. He refuses to. Right now
we do (and we must for obvious reasons). But, Jesus does not.
Disease does not scare Him. He ate with the lowest of the low. When He saw lepers, ostracized from society, He reached out and touched them. Jesus crossed these barriers, because He was concerned with a disease far more infectious than leprosy or this coronavirus. A disease that we are all already sick with. And this disease is terminal. There should be no cure for it. But Jesus doesn’t stand for that.
The nature of our disease, our sin, is to completely separate us from God. But this distance, too, Jesus refuses to accept. So, He crossed it and came to earth to live among broken people and love them. And then He gave His life on the cross to cure us of our disease and free us of our sin. He gave His life on the cross so that we can be together with Him forever.
In a time where it feels like so little is certain, we all need to remind ourselves and each other of what is certain. Jesus is with us. He is
for us. He is not scared. He is in control. And He is at work.
God bless you!