Summary: Jesus was too concerned about the souls of people to get distracted with minor, unimportant matters. If we aren’t focused on Christ, we can become self-absorbed and inwardly focused like the Pharisees, and we’ll miss the harvest.
Let’s Not Miss The Harvest!
Matthew 9 – Part 2
1. Did you know that religious people can be very mean and cold-hearted? People who are religious, but aren’t truly walking with God can be some of the nastiest people you’ve ever met.
2. In Jesus’ day, this group was called the Pharisees. They were worried about real important things like what kind of seat they would have in the synagogue, how pots were washed, how often people washed their hands, how impressive their clothes were to others, etc.
3. Jesus, on the other hand, was not concerned about any of the Pharisees’ traditions. Jesus taught that there is a harvest to reach.
4. Jesus was too concerned about the souls of people to get distracted with minor, unimportant matters.
5. Unfortunately many Christians and churches love to major on minors. If we aren’t focused on Christ, we can become self-absorbed and inwardly focused like the Pharisees, and we’ll miss the harvest.
6. In fact, not only will we NOT reach the harvest of lost souls, we’ll turn people off from the gospel of Christ.
7. We can’t afford to let this happen. Why? Last week we began examining all the different people that Jesus reached in this chapter.
8. Let’s continue to examine the people Jesus reached out to in this chapter. What do we learn? This should motivate us greatly.
First, people are desperate. vs. 1-8
Second, people are sick. vs. 9-13
Third, people are dead (spiritually). vs. 18-26
Fourth, people are blind. vs. 27-31
1. Two men follow after Christ, and they are completely blind. Christ does for them what no man had ever been able to do – He opened their blind eyes.
2. But there is more than one form of blindness. Jesus told the Pharisees, “Thou fools and blind...” Matthew 23:17, 19, 24, 26
3. They could see physically, but were blind to spiritual truth. The number one strategy of Satan is to keep people blind to Jesus. He wants to keep people walking in darkness. 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 4:18
4. This is where the church comes in. We know where Light is to be found! What kind of church are we if we don’t share that Light?
• Illustration: Imagine being in this auditorium when it is pitch black. You are scared to death, stumbling around. You are right by the lights, but won’t turn them on.
5. Our mission is to shine the light of Jesus Christ. I am not talking about me getting up for an hour on Sunday morning and preaching. This isn’t where the light needs to shine. The light needs to shine where there is darkness, for the souls in darkness.
6. The church is the people, and our mission is to leave these four walls and shine for Christ in all the different places that we go.
• Illustration: “My workplace is so evil and dark.” Great! The greater the darkness, the more noticeable even the tiniest of lights.
7. We are to carry on the mission that Christ gave to Paul (Acts
26:16, 18). Let’s not miss the harvest.