Mt. 9:10-13; Mk. 2:15-17; Lk. 5:29-32
Matthew gave a banquet at his house and invited Jesus, many of his tax collector friends and others who were called sinners. The self-righteous scribes and Pharisees criticized Jesus and His disciples because they believed that a person eating with a sinner was also a sinner. He explained that only those who are sick need a doctor and that He did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners who needed repentance.