Sermon: Jesus as Friend

A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus Part 4
Jesus as Friend: Matthew 9:9-13
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Sometimes we can think that Jesus loves it when we’re super religious. If we always act reputably, hang out with the right crowd and say the right things, somehow Jesus will love us more. This is not what we find in Matthew 9. In fact, we find quite the opposite and see that Jesus is a friend of sinners and social outcasts. He came not to call those who have it all put together, but precisely those who don’t.  

1.  Read Matthew 9:9-13

“As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed Him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when He heard it, 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.”

2.  Discussion Questions:

  1. How does the attitude of the Pharisees differ from the attitude of Jesus?

  2. What does this passage reveal about the character of God?

  3. Does anything stand out to you about the simplicity of Jesus’ call to Matthew?

  4. Is our view of others more often like the Pharisees than we care to admit?

  5. How does this passage cause you to love Jesus more?

3. Challenge

We’re often quick to dismiss others out of our own feelings of superiority. Find the passage in the Old Testament that Jesus references in verse 13 and ask yourself what it means in light of how Jesus used it to rebuke the Pharisees. Ask the Lord for humility and thank Him that He came to save us while we were still sick in our sin. Let that create gratitude in your heart this week!

4.  Commit to Memory:

“And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when He heard it, 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.” 

5:  Things to Know

• For more on this topic go HERE for a blog post written by our Missions Pastor Van Hardin.

 • Mark your calendar for these upcoming Easter events:
Good Friday Service
April 19th, 7pm
An evening of worship, prayer, and reflection
Childcare available for ages 5 and under
Easter Sunday
April 21
9:30am & 11am