Believing Jesus is important. If we believe what He says, then we will do what He says.
6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning [those who are looking].
35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful [disobedient] servant arouses his fury.
As we continue viewing Matthew’s account of Christ’s ministry, we read in chapter 9 about two events which include the teachers of the law being both mockers and shameful servants.
And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it [but not the leaders], they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. Matthew 9:1-8
There are several things to note concerning this passage:
- Jesus was in His home town of Nazareth. He more than likely knew all the players.
- We know from Mark 2:4 that they cut a hole in the roof and let the man down in front of Jesus.
- Jesus knew the thoughts of the teachers of the law. He knows all our thoughts!
- Which IS easier? Are they not both impossible for man? “But with God, all things are possible” Matthew 19:26.
- The man was obedient. Wouldn’t you be?
- All the glory went to God (v. 8).
I’m sure that it would seem that Jesus was blaspheming, but the proof that He is Messiah was proven by His healing the man. Only God can do such things. How did they respond? Eventually, they would conspire to kill Him.
Jesus went on to Capernaum and called Matthew to follow Him.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice [Hosea 6:6].’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
- Jesus was comfortable with those whom the religious leaders considered “sinners.”
- Jesus broke a lot of the pharisaical rules, not to mention the societal ones.
- The religious leaders did not consider themselves sinners, nor sick and in need of spiritual health.
- Hosea 6 is an indictment of the religious leaders and their poor leadership. Surely they picked up on it.
- Jesus was not there to call mockers, but those who realize they need a Savior–THE Savior.
As we go to church this morning either in person or online, let us consider: Do we need a Savior? Were we sinful enough for Christ to have to die for us? If we believe we do and that we are, then we will get much out of church today. We will go with grateful hearts and dry sponges ready to slurp up spiritual truths. We will sing praises to our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and we will give our lives–once again– to Him with humble hearts.
Abba, I surely do! I praise You for loving me and doing what it took to reinstate me as Your child. Thank You for wanting me; Your presence in my life and your interaction with me makes life worth living. The fellowship we share means more than I can express. I bless You and praise You today, Lord Jesus. May my life honor You. Amen.