Summary: This is a sermon that explains that Jesus did not come save everyone. He saves only those who are willing to follow Him, who are sick and unrighteous.
Who Did Jesus Come For?
Have you ever sat back and looked at all God has done for you. I mean have you ever really taken inventory of the things God has done for us so that we may live on earth? The first thing we would need to put down is that He created the Earth specifically designed so that we could survive on it. He then created the grass, trees and animals so that we could have food to eat, clothes to wear, and shelter to live in. How wonderful is it that God so loved us that He planned everything out so that we could live here.
Today He is still doing it. We have our homes where we have a roof over our heads, places to sleep, places to enjoy our family and friends. We have food that we can eat and clothes that we can wear. All of this is Gods gift to us. It is given to us by our Lord and Savior that we may have no need to worry about our needs so that we can fully worship Him. Too often we get caught up in worldly events and things that we forget what is really important.
A man dies. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates.
St. Peter says, "Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in."
"Okay," the man says, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart."
"That’s wonderful," says St. Peter, "that’s worth three points!"
"Three points?" he says. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service."
"Terrific!" says St. Peter. "That’s certainly worth a point."
"One point!?!! I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans."
"Fantastic, that’s good for two more points," he says.
"Two points!?!!" Exasperated, the man cries, "At this rate it’ll just be by the grace of God that I ever get into heaven."
"Bingo, 100 points! Come on in!"
Too often we say but preacher, I work had for what I have. Yes you do and you need to thank God for providing you with your job. But that is not all that God has done for you. God provided a way that we can have a relationship with Him. He through His mercy and grace sent His only begotten son to die for you and me on the cross. To pay mine and yours sin debt. A debt that not a single one of us could every hope to pay. That all we have to do is believe on Jesus have the faith that Jesus paid for our sin and follow Him as our Lord and Savior.
Man what great news but who exactly did Jesus come for. Wait now Preacher Jesus came for everybody. NO HE DID NOT. Jesus desires that none may perish but He did not come for everyone. Not all will answer His call. Jesus did not come to save everybody but only those answered His call to follow Him. Those who believe in Him for their salvation and who are willing to call Him Lord and Savior.
Jesus Himself said that many at judgment will say Lord, Lord I have prophesied and cast out demons in your name and He will say depart from me for I never knew you. You see what a misconception that needs to be rectified Jesus said not all who call on His name are saved. Many will use the name of Jesus but they want be His. So if Jesus did not come for everyone who exactly did He come to save? That is what the message this morning is going to be about so if you will turn with me to Matthew 9:9-12 and God’s word says 9And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. 10And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.