What Jesus Did! 'Authority, Part 2' — Matthew 9:9

Friday, April 16, 2021

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple," Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
— Matthew 9:9 NLT

Key Thought

Not only does Jesus have the authority to forgive sins, he also has the authority to call sinners to follow him. Fortunately, some respond with a change of heart and behavior and follow. A classic example is Matthew, the tax collector — tax collectors in Jesus day were renowned for using their position for personal gain and were viewed as traitors who sold out to the Roman occupiers. Matthew is a great witness that Jesus cares for all and goes in search of all. He is a great reminder that redemptive love allows no cultural or social barriers to love. Matthew's response is a great reminder that many sinners are looking for a Savior. All they need is someone to show them how to get him.

Today's Prayer

Holy and merciful God, thank you for coming to this world to save sinners. I thank you for the grace you've given to me. Please help me be more gracious to others and come closer to your grace and forgiveness. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 19:9-10
  • Matthew 11:18-19
  • Mark 2:17

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Illustration of Matthew 9:9 NLT — As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple," Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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