Bring whatever needs to be changed to the Lord Jesus and He will change it.

1 John 5:14-15,

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

2. JESUS IS WILLING TO CLEANSE A MAN'S SIN

Verse. 17 - Jesus was preaching in a house and God's power was obviously present for healing. You might say, "There was electricity in the air."

Evidently there was also a "board of review" present. A contingent of scribes and Pharisees who were there to monitor Jesus and find out what He was doing.

Verses 18-19 - There was a paralytic who desperately needed the healing touch of the Lord Jesus. He had four friends, perhaps even family members, who carted the man to Jesus on his bed. They got to where Jesus was and couldn't get into the house. Instead of panicking, they simply took the man up on the flat roof of the house and then tore up part of the roof.

First they would have to dig up about a foot of earth, which might have even had grass growing in it. Then they took out a padding of reeds, thistles and twigs. Next they took out sticks laid crosswise on beams that were two to three feet apart from each other. I imagine that he was sent down on ropes through those beams.

Verse. 20 - Of course, I don't know for sure, but I have a feeling that Jesus smiled when he saw this!

-The homeowner probably saw a mess.

-The Scribes and Pharisees probably saw some insolent people interrupting the proceedings. ----Jesus saw faith! He responded to that faith by making a most important statement. He told the man His sins were forgiven!

We don't know the man's heart, but it is obvious that Jesus did!

Jesus is willing to forgive sin so a person can go to Heaven.

Jesus is willing to forgive Christians in order to restore a right relationship between us and God.

1 John 1:9,

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Verse 21 - The Pharisees were thinking right away that Jesus was guilty of blasphemy. Only God could forgive sin. This is true. But they did not make the connection that Jesus is God!

Verses. 22-23 - Jesus asks the Pharisees, "What's easier to say? "Your sins are forgiven", or "Get up and walk."

Verse 24 – Jesus then turns to the man and says "Rise up and walk" after telling the man his sins were forgiven. This would be proof that Jesus had the authority and power to forgive sins.

3. JESUS IS WILLING TO CALL A MAN TO SERVICE

Verse 27 - Here was a man who was not liked. He was a tax collector. Tax collectors were considered the worse of sinners and traitors to their country. The tax collection system made it very possible for men to be crooked and to cheat those that were being taxed. Levi or Matthew was "in the office" so to speak, when Jesus came by. It’s likely that Matthew had had contact with Jesus before, perhaps socially, but more likely that Matthew had attended some of Jesus' teaching. Perhaps Matthew had already made a decision for Christ.

Now Jesus comes by and very simply says, "Follow me." This was a call to discipleship. It meant that Matthew would have to give up a very lucrative position.

But it also meant that Matthew would have witnessed many of the great miracles that Jesus did. It meant that he would be a witness of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It would mean that Matthew would help take the Gospel to the world!

Vs. 28 - Matthew left it all, got up and followed Jesus!

Matthew simply had to say "Yes."

We need to remember that not all are called to be pastors or missionaries. Some are called to be Christian housewives. Some are called to be witnesses on a secular job. Some are called to be Sunday School teachers and church leaders.

Some are called to ministries of good works. Some are called to sing. All are called to use their Spiritual gifts for the honor and glory of God. 1 Peter 4:10-11

JESUS IS WILLING TO COMMUNICATE WITH MEN IN NEED - Vss. 29-32

Vs. 29 - Matthew had a big dinner, I assume, in Jesus' honor.

Who did Matthew invite? He invited his friends.

His friends were publicans and other "sinners."

Why did Matthew have this dinner? I think at least one reason was to introduce his friends to Jesus.

Matthew was probably so pleased with the change that Jesus made in his life, that he wanted others to know Jesus too.

Usually people are most enthused about evangelism right after they are saved. Unfortunately, as time goes by we get more settled in with our Christian friends, that we lose, neglect, or forget our non-Christian friends.

Yes, our Christian friends should be our nearest and dearest friends. But Jesus never told us to stick our heads in the sand like an Ostrich and ignore the rest of the world!

It's very easy to avoid the unsaved. But every one of us needs to be developing and maintaining friendships with unsaved people we can strive to bring people to Christ as Savior.

Vs. 30 - The Pharisees were critical. They were separatists who could not understand why Jesus would spend time with sinners. Of course, these people were so self-righteous that they didn't admit to their own sin or need for the Savior.

Vs. 31 - Jesus gave the answer. Well people do not need a

doctor. Sick people need a doctor.

Sinners are Spiritually sick and they need a doctor.

They need someone to tell them the good news of salvation.

We Christians need to develop friendships with non-Christians for the express purpose of winning them to the Lord Jesus.

A doctor risks exposure to sickness when he comes in contact with sick people, but he goes anyway.

You and I risk exposure to bad language and ideas and habits when we spend time with the unsaved. But we should not do what they do. In some cases Christians can't have relationships with certain unsaved because the unsaved drag them down.

Vs. 32 - Jesus didn't come to call the righteous to repentance.

He called the sick people to repentance.

Let's develop Christian friendships for Christ's sake!

JESUS IS WILLING TO CHANGE A MAN'S CONDITION - Vss. 12-16

JESUS IS WILLING TO CLEANSE A MAN'S SIN - Vss. 17-26

JESUS IS WILLING TO CALL A MAN TO SERVICE - Vss. 27-28

JESUS IS WILLING TO COMMUNICATE WITH MEN IN NEED - Vss. 29-32