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Jesus' Purpose

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They Questioned His Authority (to Forgive) - verses 6-7
He revealed His Power - verses 8-12
They Questioned His Morality - verse 16
He revealed His Purpose - verse 17
They Questioned His religiosity - verse 18
He revealed a new Paradigm (new covenant) -19-22
They Accused Him of Criminality - verses 23-24
He revealed His Preeminence - verses 25-28

1. Jesus came to Save Us

The Call to Follow
He came to Matthew (Levi) and called him to follow.
The call can be rejected as evidenced by those who did not follow the call immediately.
(ESV) To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
(ESV)
Matthew’s response is an illustration of a changed life.
59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
The Communion with Christ
His disciples are gathered with “sinners and tax collectors”.
They all enjoyed fellowship with Jesus.
The Challenge from the Pharisees.
They questioned Jesus’ morality since he was eating with known sinners.
They tried to bring division among his followers, going to the disciples.
Jesus answers by revealing his purpose: to save sinners.

2. Jesus came to Change Us

Jesus transformed Matthew and the other disciples.
Those who were formally opposed to each other are now unified in Christ. (Matthew and Simon).

3. Jesus Sends

Jesus transformed them in two ways:
He called them unto Himself ()
We are changed by being in fellowship with the Lord.
Jesus revealed the nature of the Father. (ESV) Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
His followers are conformed to His nature.
He called them to be sent out:
To preach (declare the good news)
To liberate those captive to Satan.
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