Jesus’ clash with the Pharisees throughout the Gospels may lead us to believe that all Pharisees were bad or that Jesus condemned them all. But this verse shows us otherwise.
A leader among the Pharisees apparently invited Jesus to dine in his home on the Sabbath, and He accepted the invitation. Jesus used the occasion to teach this man and several other Pharisees about His healing mission and His superiority over the Sabbath (Luke 14:3-6).
Two other Pharisees in the Gospels are also worthy of commendation. Nicodemus was a Pharisee who was known for his inquiring mind and seach for truth (John 3:1-12). Joseph of Arimathea was probably a Pharisee since he was a member of the Sanhedrin. He claimed the body of Jesus and buried it in his own new tomb (Mark 15:43).
LUKE 14:1 – He [Jesus] went into the house of one of the chief [prominent, NIV] Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day.