Summary: “People are more interested in seeing what God is doing in your life than hearing what God has done in your life”
*This is the scripture reading for Desperation and Deliverance sermon* Works as a great introduction. Shows insight and the connection between the whole chapter 9 of Matthew.
Scripture to Desperation and Deliverance
(1) So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
(2) Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their (4 according the Mark 2) faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you."
(3) And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!"+
They viewed this man as being cursed
(4) But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
(5) "For which is easier, to say, ’Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ’Arise and walk’?
It is easier to tell someone that there sins have been forgiven because it is just words. But to see a miracle happen is something greater.
(6) "But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"; then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
So Jesus did this miracle to show that God have given him power on earth.
Mat 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
(7) And he arose and departed to his house.
(8) Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
They knew where He got his authority from. They marveled
(9) As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
(10) Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
This was at the party that Matthew had thrown for Jesus according the Luke 5
(11) And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
(12) When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 "But go and learn what this means: ’I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
Pr 21:3 ¶ To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Ho 6:6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Your relationship with God is more than ritual. It is a lifewalk.
(14) Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?" (15) And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. (16) "No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 "Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."