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Mark 2
14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting
at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me.
And he arose and followed him.
15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house,
many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and
his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with
publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it
that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are
whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

LIGHT from the WORD.

BEFORE you went to the doctor, you KNEW you were ill!

Now, apply that spiritually.
BEFORE you can be healed from sin, you must KNOW
you are a sinner!
THEN, the Great Physician (Jesus) will come to you!

Levi (also called Matthew) was a TAX-COLLECTOR!
The Jewish people called him a TRAITOR, because he
collected taxes from Jews and gave them to the Romans.
He was an OUTCAST!

BUT JESUS!!!! Jesus came to LEVI!!
And Jesus CALLED Matthew to FOLLOW Him!

The pronoun "his" in verse 15 refers to Levi (Matthew).
Jesus went to dinner at Matthew's house!

Note carefully the following Scripture in verse 17.
When Jesus approached Matthew and called him to
follow, Matthew DID!
All the Jews hated Matthew because of him being
a tax collector.
They didn't think him worthy of being saved, and
they felt Jesus shamed Himself by eating with Matthew.

Jesus said He didn't come to call the "righteous".
He didn't come to call the self-righteous because they
wouldn't listen!
He didn't come to call the truly righteous, because they
already had committed themselves to serving God.

Look at the CHANGE in Matthew!!

Jesus came to call SINNERS to REPENTANCE and

WHOever you are, WHATever you've been
Jesus is CALLING you to:
REPENT -- do a u-turn and FOLLOW Him!

To be a REAL Christian, you must become a DISCIPLE

Then, your desire will be to SERVE Him!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce