Confess Jesus as Lord
Matthew 9:1-17: Jesus’ miracles were a testimony not only to the fact that he was sent by God, but that he was the anticipated Messiah. In today’s reading, Jesus heals the paralytic by forgiving his sins, but the Pharisees accuse Jesus of blasphemy. Jesus calls Matthew, a tax collector, to be one of his disciples. Matthew leaves his office and follows Jesus. The followers of John come to Jesus and question him about fasting.
Today's Scripture: Matthew 9:12
“People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick.”
1 Jesus got into the boat and went back across the lake to his own town, 2 where some people brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a bed. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the paralyzed man, “Courage, my son! Your sins are forgiven.” 3 Then some teachers of the Law said to themselves, “This man is speaking blasphemy!” 4 Jesus perceived what they were thinking, and so he said, “Why are you thinking such evil things? 5 Is it easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk”? 6 I will prove to you, then, that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. ” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, pick up your bed, and go home!” 7 The man got up and went home. 8 When the people saw it, they were afraid, and praised God for giving such authority to people. 9 Jesus left that place, and as he walked along, he saw a tax collector, named Matthew, sitting in his office. He said to him, “Follow me.” Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having a meal in Matthew's house, many tax collectors and other outcasts came and joined Jesus and his disciples at the table. 11 Some Pharisees saw this and asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such people?” 12 Jesus heard them and answered, “People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. 13 Go and find out what is meant by the scripture that says: “It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.” I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts. ” 14 Then the followers of John the Baptist came to Jesus, asking, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don't fast at all?” 15 Jesus answered, “Do you expect the guests at a wedding party to be sad as long as the bridegroom is with them? Of course not! But the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one patches up an old coat with a piece of new cloth, for the new patch will shrink and make an even bigger hole in the coat. 17 Nor does anyone pour new wine into used wineskins, for the skins will burst, the wine will pour out, and the skins will be ruined. Instead, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins, and both will keep in good condition. ”
Reread verse 17. The juice from grapes turns to wine during a process called fermentation. During fermentation, a gas is produced that swells and stretches the fresh skins where the wine is stored. If new wine was put into old skins that had become stiff, the skins could burst when the new wine began to ferment. Why did Jesus use this as an example?
Lord Jesus, as I seek your will for my life, may I continue to change and grow in you. Strengthen my spirit and fill my life with your everlasting love. Amen.