Bible Passage: Matthew 9:9-13)
How do you reconcile being in the world but not of the world? How are we to love those in the world but not love the world? Jesus confronts this paradigm in Matthew’s account of Jesus associating with sinners. The “great physician” ministers to the spiritually sick while the self-righteous scoff. In the end, Jesus clarifies the purpose of his preaching and identifies the requirement for salvation.