Sermon Outline On Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

Sermon Outline On Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.

You know! People are interesting. Have you ever noticed how different people are? Have you ever noticed how differently we react to the same things? Have you ever noticed just how human we can be? Have you ever sat at the mall and just watched all the people who pass by? Ever notice just how different they are? People watching can be interesting. Go to a ball game, go to an amusement park or go to a church meeting. Notice just how different we are.

To begin with the author of these words gives us a brief autobiography. We learn that Matthew was a tax collector. A person who became rich by taking advantage of not only the circumstances, but the people that surrounded him. Matthew, this man who sank about as low as you could in his society, met Jesus. Matthew became a follower of this Jesus. Matthew then invited others like himself to also meet God’s only Son. The transformed Matthew was an obedient follower.

Then there were the Pharisees. They looked down their long noses, judging the sinners rather than loving them. This self-righteous men condemned rather than showed mercy. They only thought highly of themselves.

There was the synagogue leader, humbly approaching Jesus, trusting Jesus to revive his dead daughter. He believed in Jesus and what Jesus can do with our lives and in our lives.

What incredible faith the woman with the hemorrhage showed! She believed that just to touch Jesus’ garment was enough. She didn’t even want to disturb Jesus. “It is your faith that has healed you,” Jesus said to her.

Of course we don’t want to leave out the disciples. They followed Jesus closely. When the Pharisees asked about Jesus they were speechless. When the synagogue leader came, you didn’t even know they were around. In these verses, the disciples were basically the “silent majority.”

When Jesus arrives at the home of the synagogue leader, he finds a crowd. They are doing what they always do when someone dies. When Jesus gives them instructions, they do not listen to him. They even laugh at him. After all, they know better than Jesus. They do their own thing.

Yes, the world is full of all kinds of people.

There are those who would take advantage of others.

There are the sinners who find mercy and forgiveness in Jesus.

There are those like the Pharisees that believe they are keepers of the truth.

There are those like Matthew who introduce others to Jesus.

There are those like the disciples who silently follow, doing little-saying nothing.

There are those like the faith-filled woman coming to Jesus with their needs.

There are those like the crowd who laugh at Jesus and put themselves first.

There are those like Jesus who choose to help others rather than themselves.

Yes, the world is full of all kinds of people.

Or maybe, just maybe, it is we, each one of us, who is full of all kinds of people-a mixture of all these. Who are we? Who would Jesus have us to be?