From yesterday’s devotion by David Jeremiah, “Behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him.” Matthew 9:10 Recommended Reading. Matthew 9:9-13. Viewers of the local news in Phoenix earlier this year saw a shirtless fellow being interviewed and hailed a hero. He had helped rescue a toddler who had fallen through the covering of a septic tank. The little girl, while walking with her mother, had stepped on the lid of the tank, causing it to buckle and sending her into the foul pool below. The twenty-eight year old man jumped in after her, thinking nothing of the muck that swallowed him up. After the girl was rescued and revived, reporters discovered the hero was an ex-convict, two weeks out of prison. “I would have done it for anyone,” said the man. “I have a son too.” “Everyone we meet is a hero waiting to happen. When Jesus saw people, He envisioned their potential. No respecter of persons, He associated with people from all walks of life. Beware the sin of looking down on those for whom Christ died. After all, He plunged into the sewage of a sinful world to save the likes of you and me. We, in turn, can share His grace with those who need it most. He stated His message boldly and forcefully, without compromise, whether He was speaking to the lowest outcast of society or a member of the Pharisee elite. Jesus was no respecter of persons”. Michael Youssef.

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