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Matthew 9:11-13

Matthew 9:11–13 (ESV): "11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12 But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." 


Jesus came for the terminally ill to give them life, not for those who perceive themselves as healthy. So many will miss Him because they don't feel they need His help. So sad!

After Jesus called Matthew, who was a tax collector, He sat with what appears to be his fellow workmates, other tax collectors, for a meal. This was a sign of intimacy in this culture. The religious leaders saw this and ask His disciples why Jesus would sit with such company. Having overheard the conversation Jesus answered, "those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick." He goes on to make it plain by quoting Hosea 6:6 that the religious leaders were bringing sacrifices to God while ignoring mercy.

The world is spiritually sick and needs a Savior or they will perish for all of eternity. We, as Christ-followers, are the called ones to share the remedy with them for their cancerous sin. If we become like the Pharisees towards sinners we will miss the most important mission God has for us. Remember mercy Christian and give the world that which you've received. You have the words that lead to life, use them. Amen?

Father, thank You for having mercy upon us. Thank You for providing the cure to our disease. May we never forget what You have done for us and what our mission is now. Give us opportunities to sit with sinners and share the Good News with them we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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