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Come and See Week 2 || Who Did Jesus Come For?


Matthew 9

9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him.

10 While he was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 Now when he heard this, he said, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


A question we need to answer today…

Who did Jesus come for?

  • The broken
  • The Forgotten
  • The outcast
  • The wounded
  • The Sinful


At its best, the Church is a bunch of broken and messy people inviting other broken and messy people to meet this great guest of honor: Jesus!


To say it another way, We are too…

Step into the mess


We are called to step into the mess of other people

  • The Mess of their decisions
  • The Mess of their mistakes
  • The Mess sin makes


There is something that has constantly stood in the way and in opposition to that…


Someone with a…

Religious Spirit

  • A religious spirit is a type of demonic spirit that influences a person, or group of people, to replace a genuine relationship with God with works and traditions.
  • One of the biggest hindrances to the gospel of Jesus
  • Eventually, the attitude that killed Jesus


2 Corinthians 11

13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no great surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be according to their works.


Someone with a religious spirit does not want to get into other People’s “mess”

  • It judges and condemns them for their mess
  • It thinks they are better
  • It talks about them when they aren’t around about their mess


All while conveniently forgetting about their own mess


But Jesus was all about getting into the mess with messy people
Jesus was all about sinners

  • Sin no more.”
  • The mercy of Jesus is realized not in more sinning, but in changing in response to mercy
  • To do otherwise is the manipulate the mercy for your own selfish goal, meaning you actually don’t realize the cost of the mercy and the penalty of your own sin

This is important

His point was NOT to come and CONDONE sin, but instead to FREE People FROM sin

Last week we learned that…

Sin Separates


So Jesus came to that those who were far from God can now draw close to him


The fact is, we are all pretty messy, but through Jesus, we are not BOUND TO OUR MESS anymore


He has now charged us to go and do the same


Matthew 28:18-20

18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

  • How Jesus has healed me of my mess, and he can heal you too!


We have a phrase called “love the sinner, hate the sin”

– Love the sinner by hating the sin


Why should we hate sin?

– As James tells us…
James 1

14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.



  • Love the sinner and hate the sin

1 – Be Honest


Hebrews 3

12 Watch out, brothers and sisters, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception. 14 For we have become participants in Christ if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start. 15 As it is said: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.


Sin makes our heart turn hard towards others and into itself

Hate sin by recognizing it for what it is and not taking part in it

Don’t preach to them, love them and be honest with them


A. Be prepared for the possibility that the relationship may change


B .Discuss potential consequences
C. Use your own mistakes as proof of consequences and of God’s redeeming love


Point them to Jesus
John 14:6

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.


2 – Show Respect


1 Peter 2

17 Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor
Learn to live in the tension


You earn respect by showing respect


Respect is more powerful than fear

God does not lead us in fear, we should do the same


Respect is for the person, not the action


3 – Pray for them

1 Timothy 2

2 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.


God wants us to be a part of His redeeming work in others


Prayer also changes our heart to love the mess people we are called to


Who Did Jesus Come for?

Matthew 9

12 Now when he heard this, he said, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


Jesus stepped into the mess

He loved sinners

He Showed them compassion

Through this, many found their way to salvation


Step into The Mess

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