This message was part of the ‘For Such a Time as This’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Gorton in late 2017. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on Matthew 9:9-13
Jesus Calls Matthew
9 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.
10And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
- Jesus started with the person. He called Matthew and spoke to him.
- Jesus saw Matthew. Who do you see in your life? When we really “see” people for who they are we want them to know Jesus – to be called by him.
- Jesus saw Matthew where he was at, a bit of a pariah in society, one others didn’t value or even like – but Jesus saw him and called him.
- The location is important – Jesus is eating in Matthews house with lots of people, described as sinners. He had gone to them.
- As we think about mission, we should think about going out of our way, out of the routine of church life, to be with people.
- It may be walking your dog or cycling or going to the pub, but go where people are so that you can meet people.
- The great thing about food is you can go slow, take time too really talk over a meal.
- Food is a great way to serve people.
- People appreciate the time and effort that is taken over preparing food for them.
- There was a reaction to what Jesus did. He was accused of spending time with the wrong sort of people.
- Jesus demonstrates here that its all about relationships not rules.