Christians are not good people while unconverted sinners are bad people.
The only difference between the two groups is that Christians have their sins forgiven.
Jesus did not come to save respectable sinners. He came for the despicable, the marginalized, the unlovely.
You and me.
There are no good people in this world.
We’re all bad people in need of rescuing.
No matter how polished and well put together on the outside, our sinful DNA is showing.
In Matthew 9 we are introduced to Matthew, the tax collector. A hated and despised man because his presence reminded the Jews they were living in occupied territory. He worked for the Roman government. He also worked for himself – extorting, bullying, and wheedling. He lined his own pockets with the taxes from his own people. He was the kind of sinner Jesus came for. And when Jesus called him, Matthew threw a party in response.
Why did Jesus go and enjoy the party? He could have walked on and met other people who needed him.
It was because Jesus’s coming to earth changed the times they were in.
The Old Testament was a time of waiting for Messiah.
The New Testament was a time of celebration, joy and freedom because Messiah had arrived as promised and he was going to set them free from their sins.
Like Matthew, Jesus changes our glumness to joy.
Matthew was happy. He was a new man. And he volunteered to repay all monies he had taken from his own people.
Jesus wants us to live in rapture that he took our sins on the cross and then we were raised in his resurrection.
Jesus’s preaching had an emphasis of celebration.
Think about the many parties Jesus went to in his lifetime.
Then reflect on the lavish party we’re going to have in heaven at the end our lives.
Are you savoring the party to come?
Is your life a celebration of sins forgiven, and a restored relationship with your heavenly Father?
Are you setting tonight’s dinner table with celebration?
Talk to me.