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Introduction. Our lives are full of perceptions: How we perceive ourselves... and others. When struggling with self-righteousness we typically look better in our own eyes than others who believe differently than us.

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Introduction

Introduction

  • Our lives are full of perceptions:

    • How we perceive ourselves... and others.

    • When struggling with self-righteousness we typically look better in our own eyes than others who believe differently than us.


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Jesus wants to shape our perception of our lives before Him as well as how we perceive others whom the world despise.


Perceptions

Perceptions


Matthew

Matthew

  • Knew what others (especially, Pharisees) thought of him: one of the most despised among the Hebrews in the first century. Matt. 11:19; 18:17

  • Perceived an urgency to follow Jesus.

  • Invited the outcast to honor of Jesus! Lk. 5:29; Matt. 9:10


Scribes of the pharisees

Scribes of the Pharisees

  • Scribes of the Pharisees: They saw and judged Jesus – a teacher/prophet – for eating with tax collectors and “sinners”. Mk. 2:16


The disciples of jesus

The Disciples of Jesus

  • Knew they were not the “cream of the crop” (Note: “sinner” equals “irreligious” Jews).

  • They were aware of how the scribes of the Pharisees perceived them.

  • Still, they were not without times of similar attitudes of an exclusivist mindset. cp. Mk. 9:38


Jesus perception

Jesus’ Perception

  • Came to save sinners (those sick).

  • He wanted these “judges” to learn: “I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”V. 13


What we need to perceive today

What We Need To Perceive Today


The need for healing

The Need for Healing

  • There are those among us who need to “follow Jesus” today.

  • Unfortunately, there are those who do not see this need in their life. cp. Prov. 30:12

  • Today is the day of salvation... you are not guaranteed tomorrow.


Looking upon the outcast

Looking Upon the Outcast

  • Many Christians have similar perceptions toward the “irreligious” and “look down” upon them.

  • Those among us with this mindset need to “Go learn what this means.” cp. Matt. 12:7

  • They are rebuked because they strive to justify themselves before man and God. Lk. 16:15


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Our Great Physician came not only to heal us of our sins, but our sinful perceptions.

  • We – like those who have yet to be immersed with Christ – need to seek out the “tax collectors and sinners” among us that Christ may call them to Him.


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