by Jerry Watts

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Necessities (3 of 4)
Series: Fresh Start
Jerry Watts
Matthew 9:9-13

In this story of ''Matthew's call'' from Jesus to become a follower and disciple, I believe we can lift out many truths. We can lift out things like ''The reality of Jesus' call'' or ''Responding to the Call of Christ'' or even ''The Reason Jesus came'', plus many more truth which we need to know. Yet, many more truths are discernable from this passage.

As I was driving that moving van for my son this past week, I was meditating on this passage and of all things, the word 'necessities' came to my mind. We know what 'necessities' are. These are the bare essentials. Thinking about this I thought: In the late 19th century the necessities of life were food, clothing, and shelter, at the end of the 20th century those necessities seemed to be food, clothing, shelter, and a CAR, and today in the 21st century those necessities (as lived out by our culture) are food, clothing, shelter, a car, and A CELL PHONE (and not necessarily in that order). How often have people walked in to our office seeking a hand out - only to get a call on their cell phone. You and I know that this mindset is a snapshot of a culture out of sorts with reality. No one has ever died from not having a cell phone or a car. Necessities are essentials.

As I drove and thought about the call of Matthew (and others), the darkness of our culture, and the need of mankind, God begin to fashion in my mind this message. I submit to you 3 necessities:

The Necessity of the Cross - Have you ever really given any deep thought to the fact that Jesus' death on the cross was not optional, but was essential? (Romans 3:10, 23, 1 John 1:8-10) I heard Jonathon preach his last message at his former church (last week). Hearing him preach is something I love to do, but not for the reasons many would think. Admittedly, I am greatly sentimental about him on many levels, but not preaching. This is too vitally important.

Almost every time I hear ...

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