MATTHEW

LOSE YOUR LIFE TO FIND IT

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

  http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

CHILDREN’S TIME:

FOLLOW THE LEADER

       Mary had a Little Lamb – follow Jesus – talk about

       Follow the Leader – play the game a bit

       Obstacle Course – follow Jesus no matter what

Patterned after Jesus (punch holes in paper like Master)

 

Day after day I sat in my booth by the road

       Business was good

– I could charge every one using the road however much I thought I could get

              like filling out your 1040 for you & collecting!

              Then taking it home & refiguring to send Rome

       Some $ went to Rome, rest I could keep’

       Easy way to get rich fast

Of course it wasn’t a popular life, esp not with Jews

       rejected me, saw as a traitor

I was rich, secure

Often I thought of retirement and what I’d do

As I sat there THAT DAY I was thinking about my money

       -meant less and less to me as time went on

       -thought much $ would bring happiness and peace

              more I got, less happy and peaceful I was!

Woman walking by called out “ROBBER, THIEF” to me

     Tax collectors seen as traitors, worked for Rome

       got used to those things, just ignored them

       one of richest men in Capernaum

       one of most hated men in Capernaum

Rabbis @ tax collectors

       -couldn’t enter synagogue

       -listed with pigs  -not allowed to ever repent

Then I saw HIM coming down the road

       regularly paid His taxes to me

              heard of His:       leaving carpenter shop in Naz

                           baptism by John

                           followers who gave up all for Him

                           teachings about forgiveness

                           miracles proving He was God

I avoided eye contact with Him – felt dirty and guilty

He was always nice to me

       -in fact talked to me about a better life than I had

           a few years earlier I would have laughed

              he didn’t have any money, no home – nothing!

              how could being a penniless travel be better?

           Now I felt strangely drawn to Him

              -even wondered what it would be like to give it

                     all up and follow Him !

              -but never thought long – He’d not have ME!

                   Still I envied those who could be with Him

                   Help His cause best by staying away!

This time He stopped at my table and I was surprised

       Knew He’d moved from Nazareth to Capernaum

              something about being rejected there

                     -I knew what that was like!

but why come to my booth? He didn’t owe any taxes

FOLLOW ME” He invited

     I was stunned – He not only spoke to me

              but He wanted me to travel with Him!

              He wanted me to identify myself with Him

              He was willing to identify Himself with me!

       All of a sudden it seemed like a great idea

       Why not?  I thought – life is empty this way

              there’s something about Him

                     -excellent reader of men

                     -top notch education

   I realized I had really made the decision inside long ago

       didn’t think it would ever be possible, though!

Closed my books, shut up the booth and left

       followed Him from then on

   sold booth, gave $ to Him and poor people

       honest gain I used to support our travels

       dishonest gain I returned as best I could

People SHOCKED    -that He’s want me!

                     -That I’d want Him!

But it was the best move I’ve ever made!

 

MATTHEW HUMBLE

       -didn’t feel worthy of being called by Jesus

       -never wrote much about self in his gospel

       -not quoted saying things or taking lead

 

WELL AWARE OF OWN SIN AND GUILT

       -not good Jew, didn’t obey law

       -traitor to my people

       -extortioner – get & hold post

       -mafia connections to make money

       -thief, dishonest gain

 

Jesus: “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance”

       Aren’t you glad Jesus came to call SINNERS?

 

TAX COLLECTORS FOLLOWED JESUS

       ZACCHAEUS    others (Mt 11:19; Lk 17:34; 13:1)

LEFT tax collecting for good forever

       not something could go back to like fishing

 

Many today don’t want God running their lives

   Wilbur Reese writes with biting sarcasm:

   I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please

   Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine.

   I don’t want enough of him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant.

   I want ecstasy, not transformation.

   I want the warmth of the womb not a new birth.

   I want about a pound of the eternal in a paper sack.

   I’d like to buy $3 worth of God, please.

   How much of God do you want?

 

Jesus wants disciples and not admirers. An admirer is the cheap edition of a disciple.

 

TURN FROM ALL TO FOLLOW JESUS

       fishing for men takes 100% COMMITMENT

 

AFTER SALVATION

First thing I did was invite my friends to meet Jesus

       knew their lives empty, powerless too

       wanted them to have what I found

WANT to have others find Jesus!

BANQUET to introduce friends to Jesus

       -fishing for those closest to him

    who were His friends?       

Rejects: Pimps, Pushers, Prostitutes

Jesus: “a friend of tax collectors and sinners”  Mt 11:19

       NOT approving of their sin      BUT reaching their person

 

AS ONE OF THE 12:

Accountant, whiz with Money

       natural choice for group treasurer (not Judas)

       left all that at salvation – not want to be back in it, tempted

 

Best-educated disciple

       fine writer – GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

       no mention of himself (humble)

       to Jews about Jesus = Messiah – scholarly work

 

After RESURRECTION

       preached in Judea 12 – 15 years

 

To ETHIOPIA & PERSIA

       education allowed him to speak to kings

       built on foundation started by magi who saw Jesus

 

KILLED IN EGYPT –   head split open with an ax

 

 

FOLLOW JESUS ONLY – DISCIPLESHIP

Matthew gave up all else immediately

Obedience to Jesus total, 100%

didn’t try to use old system to impress, earn salvation

Turn from ‘religion’ (works of flesh to impress God)

Motive of love and commitment for all we do

Materialism is empty

DISCIPLESHIP A BLESSING, NOT BURDEN

 

Matt 11:28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matt 11:29  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

 

INVITATION:

Matt 11:28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,

       Come – Command    

       to Me – Jesus, not church, others, morality, etc.

       Weary & burdened – by Pharasial system of the time

              Weary – effect, continuous present

                   fruitless efforts to deal with sin/guilt on own

              Burdened – cause, overloaded ox

 

PROMISE:

and I will give you rest.

       I – only Jesus can take our burdens, nothing else

       rest – refresh, rest up, cease from labor

              takes our burden so we don’t have to carry it

INJUNCTION:

Matt 11:29  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

       Take my yoke upon you = as ‘take up your cross’

              command, aorist

       my yoke – taking His yoke removes our burden

              doesn’t say He will take our burden

              only says He will give us His yoke

       learn from me – continuous present, disciple process

              ‘learn’ same root as ‘disciple’

              =to acquire a custome/ habit through practice

 

INCENTIVES:

for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

       Gentle … humble … rest – what His yoke is like

              ‘don’t fear My yoke!’

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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