of all the people Jesus could have chosen to call to be part of his faith
community, he chose Levi, also known as Matthew, a tax collector.
were the most hated men in all Israel. They were men who had a license to
steal from their own people, because they could keep any money that was raised
over the amount the Roman government required as taxes.
2: 14 – 17 “As Jesus walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the
tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and
followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax
collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there
were many who followed him. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a
doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
was a man who was hurting inside, who knew the loneliness of living without God
and who needed Jesus. And Jesus called him to have dinner with him, to follow
him. Jesus chose him to be his disciple.
Jesus went home with him to a supper where many of Levi’s tax-collector friends
had been invited and ate with them. Jesus was meeting a real human need the
only way it could be met. He was the Doctor of sinners and they needed him
because they were lost.
Pharisees who thought they needed no physician did not follow Jesus. They did
not consider themselves sick and in need of the Healer of People, Jesus, the
is true that we are called to be separated from the ways of the sin-sick world,
to offer an alternative – a life for Jesus.
cannot look away when they know someone who needs salvation.
saves everyone who calls on his name because they know they are soul-sick, lost
and separated from God!
last did you invite a “tax collector” to come to Church with you, or share in
your Bible study group, or enjoy a ladies or men’s get-together, or share the next
generation‘s social event?
mission has a Church to be his voice. A voice that says to “tax-collectors”,
to “follow him” (Jesus) and a voice that calls them to share a meal with our Saviour
and be healed.
you willing to be the voice of Christ that thirsty sinners can be saved?