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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.

Matthew 10:28 ” Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. “

To paraphrase Isaiah 8:12-13, Do not follow the ways of the world…do not accept the world’s viewpoint…do not fear what they fear.  For their fear is based on the temporal…of secular and fleshly concerns only.  But as Believers, we have the blessed assurance of eternal life,  so there is no fear of death its self.  For it tells us in I Corinthians 15:42-44, ” So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.  The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”  The world may kill our physical body, but it can’t take our soul.  For only Satan has the power to devastate both body and soul in the place of the lost and condemned.

Matthew 8:20 “Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.’ “

Jesus was implying that He was a sojourner here on earth.  A stranger in a strange place only temporarily.  That’s what it means to be in the world but not of it. (John 17:14)  And as Believers, we too are sojourners in this foreign land…aliens and strangers just passing through…as we head to our heavenly home.

Mark 7:24 ” Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet He could not keep His presence secret.”

Initially, no one may have known Jesus was in town.  But people sensed something different happening…there was an awareness and feeling of hope and anticipation in the air…and they came searching for the source.  For the presence of Jesus could not be hidden.  Just as the indwelling Holy Spirit can not be hidden in us…it must be allowed to shine forth. As it tells us in Matthew 5:14-16, ” You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Allow that light from within you to shine like a beacon for the lost and searching world.

Luke 21:1-4 ” As He looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the Temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ He said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’

Giving…whether it be money, time or talents is a real stumbling block for many Christians.  We tend to be a selfish, self-centered people…when the Lord wants us to be generous.  We want to be recognized and honored for anything we do…when the Lord requires discretion. (Matthew 6:1-4)  We give the Lord  left-overs…rather than, like the poor widow, giving all we have.

Matthew 10:32-33 ” Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven.”

Maybe this has happened to you – You’re with a group of friends and the discussion takes a very uncomfortable twist against what you believe as a Christian.   You know you should say something…but you don’t out of fear or awkwardness. Then you spend the rest of the night kicking yourself for being such a coward.   It’s not that you blatantly denied or rejected Jesus in public…but in a way, you did.  Speaking out about the fact and truth of the Gospel is hard, and rejection by some is inevitable…but that shouldn’t silence us from speaking out about what we believe in.

Matthew 8:14-15 ” When Jesus came to Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on Him.”

It says Jesus touched her and she recovered.  It was through that gentle touch, Jesus spoke volumes…He voiced love and concern for her…and He spoke health and healing into her body.  And it was out of a grateful heart, the woman got up and  served Jesus and the rest of the men.  Now, you may have never been raised up out of a death-bed before, but the same grateful heart this woman had should be yours.  Why you ask?   In Romans 5:8 it tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   So in a way you’ve also been raised up from a death-bed…for you were once dead in your sins.  But through God’s great love for you, a way was made.  And Jesus touched you and made you whole…so how can you be anything but grateful?

Matthew 8:3 ” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”

When we come to Jesus, He says to us, “Be clean!”  And at that moment we are purified from all the pollution, guilt, and shame of our sins.  For it says in Psalm 51:2, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”  Where we once were covered with the filthy stains of sin,  we are now cleansed…our nastiness replaced by pristine purity and righteousness through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  For it is only through the blood of Jesus that we can become cleansed from all our transgressions…it is only through Jesus we can be saved.

II Peter 1:16-18 ” We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the Voice came from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is My Son, whom I love.’ “

Peter, James, and John were with Jesus on the Mt. of Transfiguration when Elijah and Moses appeared and Jesus was for a time transfigured from an earthly form into a supernatural one.  True to form though, Peter started to babble, putting a foot into his mouth…when God interrupted him saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)  However, this mountain top experience changed Peter, James, and John forever. They were witnesses to the power and majesty, glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ…and this personal knowledge and experience changed who they were and how they shared the Gospel Message from that time on.

Matthew 8:27 ” The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him?’ “

Jesus had just rebuked the  storm and now all was peaceful and calm on the Sea of Galilee.  With only a few words, the fierce winds and raging storm had ceased.  But why were His disciples so dumbfounded and astonished at what Jesus had done?   After all, they had been witnessing countless miracles as they traveled with him.  But like us,  when the storm hit their lives personally…they panicked.   When we’re hit broad-side and without warning with the storms of life…we panic.  We suddenly are battered by the winds of anxiety and will succumb under the waves of fear.  It’s then we need to reach out our hands to Jesus for help…for it tells us in Psalm 107:29,  ” He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed.”   May the Lord of the universe calm the storm in your life today.