Lent 2015, Led to the Cross: He came for the sinners (another tax collector!)


I am blogging through the gospel of Luke during lent and following the Leader on His journey to the cross. We followed the Leader as He battled Satan in the wilderness, faced persecution in Nazareth, performed miracles of healing, called His disciples, healed a leper and a paralyzed man and told both, and those who observed the miracle, to learn to be the light, drawing others to Jesus. And there is so much more to come…

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

Remember Zacchaeus the tax collector? Zacchaeus showed us that Jesus knows our name, wants to use us, came for the lost, forgives us, and makes us new.  Here Jesus seeks out and uses another tax collector, Levi. Jesus could have chosen to have kings and leaders as disciples, but he called fisherman and tax collectors. Matthew Henry writes that tax collectors were considered “men of ill fame”.

 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:28-32)

There is no heart too hard for the Spirit and grace of Christ to work upon, nor any difficulties in the way of a sinner’s conversion insuperable to his power. -Matthew Henry

We are His portion and
He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes. -David Crowder band

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