Matthew 9:9-10 NIV 2011
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.
Matthew recounts in his Gospel the day Jesus called him to follow. Jesus’ disciples Mark and Luke also gave the same account in their Gospels but refer to Matthew as Levi that day Jesus first called him. As a Jewish tax collector, Matthew would have been hated and thought of as an outcast. The band that gathered for dinner had no standing in the community especially with the Pharisees. When people took a meal together it was a sign of friendship and all at the table were welcome. Jesus came to save all sinners.
Sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden. And to this day, whether we want to admit it or not, we are all sinners. As much as the world wants us to believe sin is OK, we probably do it on a day-to-day basis. To think that Jesus called Matthew to follow Him should hearten us all. Being aware of the sin in my life gives me the opportunity to turn to Him daily, asking for forgiveness. Thankfully Jesus came to save a sinner such as me.
How will we examine our sinfulness today?
Sin set free through Jesus,