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Summary: Levi (Matthew) had everything in life anyone could wish for except fulfillment. When Jesus found Levi he found purpose in life.

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I. Jesus Calls Levi 2:13-15

A. The Crowds that followed Jesus

B. Jesus Calls Levi

1. It is an individual call

2. It is a questionable call – Levi – outcast

3. It is a life changing call

C. Levi’s Response to the Call

1. He leaves all Luke 5:27-28

2. He follows Christ

D. The Results of the Call

1. Levi gets a new life

2. He gets a new name

3. He cares for his old friends

4. He finds fulfillment in life.

II. Jesus explains His Ministry 2:16-22

A. Jesus is the Great Physician 16-17

16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" 17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" 17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."

1. The patients

a. sinners

2. The Great Physician

a. He makes house calls

b. He makes an diagnosis

c. He has the perfect and only cure

d. He pays the bill

3. Those He can not save

a. Those who do not know Him

b. Those who know of Him but do not trust Him

c. Those who will not admit they need Him

B. The Bridegroom 2:18-20

18 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.

1. A ministry of gladness - 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV)

- The Lost sheep

- the lost coin

- The lost son

2. The Bridegroom

- Love

- Commit – I Do

- Loyal

- Submissive

- Obey

- Communicate

3. Why should we fast today

- for evangelism

- for the backslidden

- for revival

C. A Ministry of Newness

21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins."

1. A New

- A new covenant in His blood Heb 8:13

- The law written on our hearts and not on stones – 2 Cor. 3:1-3

- The Holy Spirit indwelling the hearts of believers enabling them to fufill the righteousness of the Law Roman 8:1-4


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