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Not The Righteous, For The Sinners!

John Collins11/09/2012Matthew 9 gives us the most precious concept for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which many today have forgotten.

When Jesus passed by a tax collector named Matthew, Jesus said, "Follow me."  Matthew followed.

Tax collectors were mentioned many times in the Bible, known as "publicans," and were looked down upon by the Jews.  They were working for "tax farmers," and were described as been greedy and often taking more money than they were entitled to.  

Jesus reclined at the table in the house, communing with many tax collectors and sinners.  He and His disciples were sitting at the same table with the despised.

When the Pharisees saw this, they looked at Jesus in disgust.  "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" they asked.  

When Jesus heard this, he said "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. "

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Having been giving salvation by God's Grace through faith in Jesus Christ, have we forgotten where we came from?  Do we now think that Christ came only for the saints, and not the sinners?

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