January 11, Reading 3 – Matthew 8:28-9:17

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SAA Notes

It is tragic, but this is how some people respond to the Gospel – by asking Jesus to go away from them. Jesus leaves His witness – one of the healed demoniacs (Luke 8:38,39). Many in Australia have asked Jesus to leave. He has left us here for His witnesses.

SJA Notes

* Dear Lord God, thank You for Your word to us today. Please help us see.

“Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

See how clearly Jesus links mercy with sinners.

God desires mercy in us – And not out of nothing. We only have to consider the weight of the mercy He has shown us!

What have we to be self-righteous about?

Especially as we sit at the feet of Jesus, Prince of Peace, The Righteous Man, who became a curse for us, hung on a tree, to take the punishment we deserved.

That is mercy!

This is both a warning and an encouragement to us, remember!

God is the Creator. We are created.

He is the Saviour. We are the sinners in need of His salvation (saved by His grace and through His mercy).

He is the King. We are His people.

Hallelujah, what a God we have!

* Father God,

Thank You for Your mercy – Giving us that which we do not deserve.

Please continue to work within us, that we would be shining lights in this world – Showing forth the reality and effect of Your mercy and grace.

Amen.

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