Mercy (Matthew 9:1-13)

We are in the middle of a section of the Gospel of Matthew where the focus is on the power of Jesus to change lives. Chapter 8 has revealed the kind of faith that is needed to follow him. Jesus has the desire, authority, and ability to heal lives. But we are reading that there are many who are unwilling to allow Jesus to overhaul their lives so that they can be healed. Matthew 9 is going to show this power again in Jesus for your life. As we begin I want you think about what you really need in your life. What is the most important thing that you need? We might come up with all kinds of answers initially. We can have funny shirts and coffee cups that declare how we need coffee, need sunshine, need a hug, need a pet, or some other need. But what do you need the most? Jesus is going to show that to us in this text before us today. Please have your copies of God’s word open to Matthew 9…

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