Summary: A message examining the day Matthew met Jesus and the fact that the day we are saved is truly "a day like no other"
A Day Like No Other
There are certain "monumental" days in our lives that we will always remember. Days such as, the day you graduated high school, the day you started college, the day that you got married and the day your first child was born. But for those who have been born again, you remember a day that your life was changed eternally!
You may not have achieved sinless perfection, but there is a change that takes place when a lost soul meets a loving Savoir! As the old Hymn says "What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart!"
Maybe you have not experienced this change that I speak of. You are lost and you are headed for Hell. This is a devastating fact, but it is true nonetheless. If that describes you, I have good news... this could be the day that everything changes for you. This could be a day that you will never forget. This could be the day that your life is changed eternally! I want to invite you to join me as I preach on the subject "A Day Like No Other"
In our selected text we see the conversion of Matthew. He was one of the very first followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus called him and commissioned him to be one of His Disciples. This was a great honor, there were many who followed Jesus (especially in the early days) but only 12 were chosen to be Disciples. Matthew was a publican. Publicans were tax collectors for the Roman Government. These tax collectors were among the most hated people in those days. Many of them were corrupt and considered to be extortionists. If Rome levied a 5% tax, the publicans would charge 10% to 15% or sometimes more, and they would keep the difference for themselves. We are not told, nor is it implied that Matthew was a dishonest tax collector. He may have been completely honest in his business dealings.
Whether he was a stereotypical publican or not, Matthew was still a sinner in need of a Saviour. Little did he know that on this very day his life would change forever! That day Jesus passed by and saw him counting his money and He called him to follow Him. This simple invitation changed Matthew's life forever! That is how salvation works. Matthew didn't wake up and say, I am going to give my life to Christ today. In fact, he didn't go looking for Jesus, Jesus sought him out. Jesus called his name and invited him to follow Him. Matthew gladly accepted that offer. He forsook all, and followed Jesus!
That is very similar to my own personal salvation experience. I did not wake up and say "I think I will give my life to Jesus today". In fact, that day started out like any other day. But when I least expected it, Jesus passed my way. He called my name and invited me to trust in Him. He offered me salvation and eternal life and I surrendered to Him and my life has never been the same!
If you come to faith in Christ, it will happen in similar fashion. The Savoir will call your name and offer you the greatest gift you will ever receive. And if you accept that gift of salvation... if you will be born again, Jesus will change your life eternally. If you could talk to Matthew today, he would tell you that from the moment he met the Master, his life was never the same. I want to look at the record of his conversion, and examine what happened the day Matthew met Jesus. As we look at the events of that day, we will see that it was truly "A Day Like No Other"
- Those who have been born again will testify that the day Jesus saved their soul was a day like no other. It is a day and an experience that you will never forget. Notice:
I. THERE IS AN INVITATION TO FOLLOW JESUS - v27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
Being a publican, receiving a kind word from people was probably a rare occasion. Matthew wasn't expecting the long awaited promised Messiah to call his name. And he certainly wasn't expecting the invitation that he was about to receive. Notice if you will:
A. WHERE JESUS WILL FIND YOU
Where will Jesus find you and offer you salvation? The bible proves over and over again that Jesus will come to you where you are! Jesus found Matthew at his tax booth. (v27) Perhaps he was there counting his money and reconciling the daily receipts. It seems that Matthew was dedicated to his job. He was faithful to the task that had been assigned to him. Matthew was just an ordinary working man. In much the same way as Andrew, Peter, James and John were just common fishermen.