(1-8) When Jesus healed people, He often first told them that their sins had been forgiven. He dealt with the root problem, not just the surface problem. Sin is why we have sickness – not only physical sickness, but spiritual sickness as well. Sin is why we have death. In order to defeat death, Christ first had to slay sin. When Christ heals a person, He heals them for all of eternity. He creates a new creature.
(9-13) When Jesus called Matthew, Matthew answered immediately by getting up and following Him. No questions asked. Later, when Jesus was eating in a house, the Pharisees were surprised to see that He ate with sinners. They shouldn’t have been surprised. Jesus came to bridge the gap between saints and sinners and heaven and hell, not widen it. There is no need for us to alienate ourselves from those who do not yet believe in God. Instead we should embrace them in order to win as many to Christ as possible.
Favorite verse: (13) Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”