Jesus has arrived on the scene displaying real authority. Crowds are starting to grow around him. Miracles are being performed. Powerful teaching is being heard. And so, as you might expect, here comes the opposition. As Jesus calls Matthew, the tax collector, as one of his disciples and engages in friendship with other sinful, unholy people, the religious elite pose the first of 3 foundational questions about Jesus. Why does he associate with sinners? Jesus’ simple but profound response says so much about the mission of the Savior and our mission as followers of His today.