Wednesday, March 29

READING Matthew 9:9-13

These five verses are one of the richest indications of Jesus’ heart for us. He saw someone that all other Jewish people reviled and called him to be a disciple. He sat down and shared a meal with people that the religious elite turned their noses at. It should give our hearts rest that Jesus finds Himself at home with those whose need and brokenness are apparent and out in the open. He didn’t mince words with the Pharisees, who thought that their piety and acts of righteousness had put them in good standing with God. However, Jesus knew what others couldn’t see – that the piety of the Pharisees was really pride, and that their acts of righteousness were motivated by selfishness. Jesus praised Matthew’s honesty, who recognized his own need for healing, over the deception of the Pharisees, who valued appearance over truth. We serve a God who sacrificed Himself for us in full knowledge of our weakness. We can be boldly honest with God and others and watch Him bring our brokenness to order.

But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.”

Matthew 9:12

Other Resources

Payment of the Tithes (The Tax Collector), from the workshop of Pieter Brueghel the Younger