The Gospel of Matthew
Pastor Kris Freeman
Matthew 9:1-13 NLT
Jesus called out a MIRACLE.
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
9 Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”
3 But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”
4 Jesus knew[a] what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 6 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[b] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
7 And the man jumped up and went home! 8 Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for sending a man with such great authority.
After the MIRACLE, Jesus calls a MAN out of a MESS .
Jesus Calls Matthew
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?[d]”
12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’[e] For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Matthew is not identified as the author, but the Gospel of his name is widely attributed to him. A timeline to this point:
• Matthew 1-2: Genealogy and Birth of Jesus
• Matthew 3: John the Baptist and Jesus Baptism
• Matthew 4: The Temptation of Jesus by Satan, Ministry Begins
• Matthew 5-7: The Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount
• Matthew 8: Jesus Heals, Calms a Storm
Who was Matthew (Levi, son of Alphaeus):
• He was a Galilean but little is known about him
• He was a publican (tax collector), fluent in Aramaic and Greek
• He was a homeowner, possibly more wealthy than the people
• He witnessed the resurrection and ascension
• He is a saint in the Roman Catholic, E. Orthodox and Lutheran
• He is one of the 12 original disciples of Jesus (Apostles)
His book centers on Christology (Jesus humanity and deity) and is one of the three synoptic Gospels. He is Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God.
Why would God pick a COMMON MAN to show the divine nature of his son, Jesus?
It’s because Jesus is the FRIEND of SINNERS.
To be the friend of sinners, does not mean Jesus is the friend of sin. Jesus separated himself as man FROM man with his divine nature as the Son of God. He NEVER sinned.
The connection to those needing Jesus is through the redemption of sinners CONNECTING to others!
Matthew, a business man and practical man, found Jesus as his personal Savior. Matthew is a great example of YOU .
Message notes are copyright Pastor Kris Freeman and Revolution Church. Good News: The Gospel of Matthew is an original series of Revolution Church.