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Matt 9:1-17

Here we find Jesus forgiving sins of a paralytic and eating with tax gatherers and so-called sinners but Jesus answers the Scribes and Pharisees' charge of blasphemy and impurity by association, with a curious charge to “learn what this means, I DESIRE COMPASSION AND NOT SACRIFICE, for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Sin could not be imputed to Christ by association with sinners or leprosy or death but rather He is the indestructible life-giver who makes us new creations as new wine in new wine-skins.

There is no sacrifice we may offer to compare with His, which paid once for all, the debt of sin we owed. Because we are recipients of the love of Christ, He has also granted us His power and courage to love other sinners as He does in faith.  That is the essence of the Good News we may offer to those who have not yet laid down the heavy burdens they carry to take up His yoke instead.

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Isa 51:7 Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, A people in whose heart is My law; Do not fear the reproach of man, Neither be dismayed at their reviling

Isa 51:8 My salvation shall be to all generations

Isa 51:11 So the ransomed of the Lord will return, and come with joyful shouting to Zion; And everlasting  joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Isa 52:6 Therefore My people shall know My name

Isa 52:7 How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation

Isa 52:9 For the Lord has comforted His people

Isa 52:15 Thus He will sprinkle many nations

Isa 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

Isa 53:10 But the Lord was “pleased” to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering

Isa 53:11 My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.

Isa 53:12 Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

This good news is not just for the people of Israel, but for all, and we may share in their joy as ransomed ones; undeserving recipients of God’s salvation. I hear a lot these days about my rights and your wrongs and find it easy to lose perspective of what we are truly owed and have truly earned unless we confess our own transgressions and take hold of the One who brings good news, the best news (that we do not have to pay the penalty for our own sins). While “He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter”; we get to “announce peace” to the nations.

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