Matthew 9:10 ” While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and ‘sinners’ came and ate with Him and His disciples.”

You may know Matthew by his original name…Levi, a turncoat tax collector who Jesus called in Capernaum.  He was chosen by Jesus as one of the Twelve disciples…and given a new life along with a new name.  But in this Scripture we find Jesus at Matthew’s house having a meal with all these “sinners” much to the disgust of the religious leaders who incredulously asked His disciples how Jesus could do this.  Knowing their thoughts and their hearts, Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6 when He replied to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’  For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  In other words, our mission as Christians is to share the Gospel Message with sinners…people who may look and act very differently from us,  but still need to hear that they can be healed and forgiven of their sins.

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