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Sinners Welcome (5 of 11)
Pastor Jeff Schreve
In Matthew chapter 9, I'll begin reading in verse 9, a very key important passage of Scripture. This passage is recorded by Matthew, by Mark, and by Luke. It says, "And as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, called Matthew, sitting in the tax office; and He said to him, Follow Me! And he rose and followed Him. And it happened that as He was reclining at the table in the house (Matthew threw a big party for Jesus), behold many tax-gatherers and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and sinners?" But when He heard this (Jesus), He said, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means, I DESIRE COMPASSION AND NOT SACRIFICE, for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." And Luke adds, "...but sinners to repentance."
I don't know if you ever watch television on Friday nights, but last Friday night Debbie and I were watching some television. And I flipped around and I flipped to Animal Planet. And Animal Planet had a show on called "Infested." Has anybody ever seen the show, "Infested?" It is a gross, creepy show. It's the story of real life people enduring a real life horror situation in that their home gets infested. I'm not talking about you have a roach here or a roach there. It gets infested with roaches, or rats, or spiders, or snakes, or bats, or squirrels, or raccoons - things they don't want that come into their home. And the whole story is the great lengths they go to, to get these things out of their home. Sometimes they're successful, sometimes not. But the truth is this: Those things are unwelcomed and unwanted and they don't want them there in the home. That's the attitude that we all have, we don't want rats and bats and roaches and snakes in our house. We don't ...
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