- Allow God to Make you Whole
Mt 9:9-13; 18-26
Last week's sermon spoke to the issue that it is the authority of Jesus that commands
us to make disciples by going, teaching, and baptizing. This week we will look to the
authority of Jesus in action.
This week as we attended Sandy Forrester's HS graduation I was reminded of how old
I've become. The years are piling-up from the time I graduated HS to the present. Pastor
Joe and I reminisced about our HS days. There were good times: when we had dates for
special events, watched our school teams win games, made good grades
but there were
bad times too. Because a good friend couldn't be found, when we were self-conscious about
what we wore and how we looked because we were not popular. (that's right, we were not
It's in this pit of unpopularity where we find Jesus. He's with the people that you're
just not suppose to even be caught dead with! Their presence would totally ruin your
reputation. AND these are exactly the folks that Jesus asks to hang out with him.
Take Matthew for instance
he's a tax collector for the Roman government. He
probably does it for the money, throwing his character out the window with his fellow
Jewish friends & relatives for the sole sake of gaining more money by way of the enemy
Romans. Hey, money is money right? Too bad the money comes from the family and friends he
collects it from. Who needs friends when you've got money right?
Jesus wasn't afraid of him or angry at him. He just went right up to him and told
Matthew to follow him. Immediately when asked he got up and followed Jesus. Did Jesus
Jesus then sat to dinner with him and more unpopular folks. The popular, outgoing
Pharisees asked the disciples why Jesus sat at the same table with such unclean, unpopular
people. "Yuck!" they must have thought. Maybe deep down they thought Jesus was
kinda' cool like themselves, but doesn't a cool person hang out with cool people?
Jesus overheard them in their quandry. He told them that he deliberately hung out with
the unpopular people so they could be popular. It's like when someone who is sick needs a
doctor. They don't need another sick person in their life.
Jesus told the popular, cool Pharisees to think about this
he didn't come to be
with people who thought they were sooo cool & popular,
he came to be with those
who knew they weren't popular and didn't have a friend in the world.
As he finished saying this statement, a sad school teacher asked Jesus to lay his hand
on his dead, unpopular daughter so she would live. So, Jesus and his disciples followed
the sad school teacher
When suddenly a disguisting-looking, woman who had bled for 12 years snuk-up behind
Jesus and touched the fringe of the prayer shawl on his cloak. She thought that since she
was so unpopular and everyone thought her disguisting, she would just barely touch him and
be healed, so that she might not be so terribly unpopular.
Jesus turned and knew what she was thinking. He told her to cheer-up. Your faith has
restored you. You are totally normal. Just like you were created to be in God's eyes!
Jesus continued to walk until he arrived at the sad school teacher's house. The
funeral had started at the house. Jesus told everyone there that the girl was sleeping,
not dead. Everyone there for the funeral got quiet
.then busted out
So, Jesus ordered them to step outside. Then he went inside, took this unpopular, dead
girl by the hand and she just got up! She was more than her old self. She was totally
normal as God created her to be.
News spread throughout the county of how at the authority of Jesus, these unpopular
& hateful, disgusting, and dead people,
have now become perfect, beautiful
creations of God in their hearts and souls.
Today the Lord's table has been prepared for you. You do not have to be popular, or
unpopular, tidy & neat or discheveled. You do not need money in your pockets, nor do
you need to be broke. The Lord seeks to take you as you are
if you allow him to take
you as you are
and make you whole
a new, perfect, creation of God.