Scene from “The Chosen”
9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him,
And he rose and followed him.
10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 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 calls Matthew to follow. “And he rose and followed him.” — obedience is important and starts everything good in the Christian life.
Many tax collectors and sinners came to see what Jesus was up to in Matthew’s life. — outcasts are interested when someone doesn’t treat them like a outcasts.
Religious people get upset when Jesus doesn’t follow their rules and associates with those they think of as unholy rather than as human beings. — The Pharisees were ahead of their time with their own cancel-culture.
Jesus comes for people who are humble enough to admit their need. — Let us cultivate humble hearts and find the presence of Christ calling us with the words “Follow Me.”
Matthew 9:9-13 (ESV)