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A Sermon on Matthew 9:9

Jesus Calls Matthew

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. (ESV)

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Have you ever been on a vacation and become completely lost? The GPS stops working, the map isn't in the glove box, and you have no idea where you are. The only hope you have is to have a local guide you out. In this sermon on Matthew 9:9, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones helps us see the meaning when Jesus says, "Follow me". Much more serious than being lost in a small town, all of mankind is completely lost in their sin. Jesus says that man is blinded by their sin, dead in their trespasses, and condemned before a Holy God. When Jesus says to follow Him, He means that you must follow Him alone and nobody else. Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows us that salvation means to follow Jesus, or to become a slave to Him. It is not a light decision, but the rewards are worth it. To follow Jesus may mean loss of friends, persecution, and even death; but it also means that our sins are forgiven, we have the most loving companion, and we are given measurable joy. If you are burdened by sin today, lay them down at Jesus's feet and see that He will gladly take them if you will only follow and trust His way. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Matthew 9:9, New American Standard Bible

Matthew Called

9As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting in the tax collector’s office; and He *said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.

Matthew 9:9, King James Version

9¶ And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.