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Jesus is Calling; Will You Follow?, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 650 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,015 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:9-13

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.

10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

——-

John Abbott said, “God is far better pleased with the exercise of kindness and good will between men, than by punctilious observance of rites and forms.”

The Pharisees showed up at the feast where Jesus was dining with Matthew, His disciples, and “many” other publicans and sinners. They raised questions about why Jesus, clearly a holy and righteous man, was doing something they would never dream of doing — sitting at meat with those who were clearly sinners. Jesus rebukes them first with an argument from human logic: “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” In other words, “If my aim as a righteous man is to help others get in a right relationship with God, it makes perfect sense for me to spend my time with those who are separated from God by their unrighteousness and know it.

Jesus follows that argument with an argument from the Old Testament Scriptures which the Pharisees held in high regard. He says, “Go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” The Pharisees would have been insulted by the suggestion that they did not understand the Scriptures. They had the “law” part of the equation down pat. They understood that sinners were rightly condemned by God. However, they did not understand why God, or in this case Jesus, would show mercy to sinners. So, Jesus gives them some homework. He tells them, “Go ye and learn what that meaneth…” ‘Go back to the Scriptures and study.’

The words Jesus quotes next, “I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,” come from the Prophet Hosea who rebuked the Israelites because they continued to bring sacrifices and observe the religious holy days, but they did not carry the spirit of the law in their hearts. They felt that their strict observances justified them. They had no concept of God’s mercy or compassion toward them or the mercy and compassion God desired them to show to others. Albert Barnes writes that Jesus used this Old Testament quote to say, “I [and, by extension, God] is more pleased with acts of benevolence and kindness than with a mere external compliance with the duties of religion.”

The Pharisees readily complied with outward religious duties. But they never would have done what Jesus did in order to invite sinners into the kingdom of God. They never would have sat and dined with those who were sick. Thus, Jesus rejects the self-righteous religious leaders who thought that their behavior justified them before God and embraces the sinners who knew they had no standing in God’s sight. Somewhat ironically He says, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Ironic because the Pharisees were just as much sinners as the people they condemned.) That is what Jesus is still doing today — calling sinners to repentance. If you don’t think you need to repent, you are not ready to receive what Jesus has to offer. Until you are convicted of your own sins and are convinced of your own unworthiness before God, you will never be ready to receive Jesus. However, once you realize that you are indeed a sinner, you can hear and respond to Christ’s call to repentance and salvation.

Charles Wesley wrote:

Sinners, believe the Gospel word,
Jesus is come your souls to save
Jesus is come, your common Lord;
Pardon ye all through Him may have,
May now be saved, whoever will;
This Man receiveth sinners still.

See where the lame, the halt, the blind,
The deaf, the dumb, the sick, the poor,
Flock to the Friend of human kind,
And freely all accept their cure;
To whom did He His help deny?
Whom in His days of flesh pass by?

Did not His Word the fiends expel,
The lepers cleanse, and raise the dead?
Did He not all their sickness heal,
And satisfy their every need?
Did He reject His helpless clay,
Or send them sorrowful away?

Sinners, believe the Gospel word,
Jesus is come your souls to save
Jesus is come, your common Lord;
Pardon ye all through Him may have,
May now be saved, whoever will;
This Man receiveth sinners still.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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Jesus is Calling; Will You Follow?, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 649 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,014 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:9-13

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.

10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

——-

C.S. Lewis said, “Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness. When you know you are sick, you will listen to the doctor.”

After Jesus calls Matthew to follow Him, and Matthew responds by following Jesus, we are told that Jesus and His disciples shared a meal in a house. While this passage is commonly interpreted to mean that they ate in Matthew’s house, the text here does not say so explicitly. The Greek word translated as “house” can be broadly rendered as many types of buildings, leading some commentators to state that this feast may have very well taken place in a public hall or other accomodation and that scores, and possibly hundreds of folk, came to eat with Jesus. Certainly, with Jesus at the feast, there was no shortage of food and drink.

Briefly, I want to draw your attention to those who CAME TO SIT. Verse 10 says, “Behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.” Jesus’ reputation as a prophet, a miracle-worker, and a holy man would have likely made publicans and sinners hesitant to approach Him. They would have assumed that this Jesus was just like all the other religious leaders they had dealt with. However, the word spread that Matthew, a publican, one of the most hated individuals in Palestine, had been called and accepted by Jesus. When they heard that Jesus embraced Matthew, the lowest of the low, they thought to themselves, “This Jesus is different. There might be a place for me at Jesus’ table.” Thus we read that “many publicans and sinners” came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. Colloquially, crowds are often criticized. However, the crowd in this instance had the right idea. They came running to sit and dine with Jesus.

Now, notice those who CAME TO SEE. Wherever there is a crowd, there are spectators. And verse 11 informs us that the Pharisees came not only to look, but to criticize. “When the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?” The Pharisees were always looking for ways to discredit Jesus, and here they saw Him doing something that they found distasteful, something that they themselves would never do — sharing a meal with the outcasts of society, the scum of the earth, the worst of sinners. They asked this question of the disciples for two reasons: First, they did not want to face Jesus themselves as He had proven repeatedly that He was not afraid of them. And, second, they thought they could instigate a revolt among the disciples. But, of course, no matter how quietly they whispered these thoughts, Jesus knew them before they even spoke.

Thus, we must turn our attention to the one who CAME TO SAVE. Verse 12 says, “When Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Jesus, of course, knew that the Pharisees were the sickest of the sick. Only they would not admit it. Thus, Christ’s response is somewhat sarcastic. ‘Why should I dine with you? You don’t need what I have to offer.’ In contrast, the “sick” who Jesus ministered to knew that they were ill and needed a physician. F.W. Farrar said, “While Christ denounced the scribes and Pharisees, He had for sinners only the call of tenderness; to sinners only was His special mission; sinners were His special care; it was the lost sheep over which the Good Shepherd yearned; it was for the wanderers that His heart seemed to burst with tenderness. Thus, He gathered the publicans to His discourses. He sat at their feasts. He chose a publican for His host. He nominated a publican to be His apostle.”

Yes, Jesus made room for publicans and sinners at His table. In fact, the table was made for them. It was made for you — but only if you’re willing to admit that you are sick, that you are lost, that you are desperate. Because the Great Physician came to save.

Charles Wesley wrote:

Jesus, the sinner’s friend, to Thee,
Lost and undone, for aid I flee,
Weary of earth, myself, and sin:
Open Thine arms, and take me in.

Pity and heal my sin sick soul;
‘Tis Thou alone canst make me whole;
Dark, till in me Thine image shine,
And lost, I am, till Thou art mine.

At last I own it cannot be
That I should fit myself for Thee:
Here, then, to Thee I all resign;
Thine is the work, and only Thine.

What shall I say Thy grace to move?
Lord, I am sin, but Thou art love;
I give up every plea beside—
Lord, I am lost, but Thou hast died.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Jesus is Calling; Will You Follow? Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 647 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,012 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:9-13

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.

10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

——-

Kyle Idleman said, “The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.”

There is a popular devotional book that has sold over 15 million copies over the past few years. It has featured prominently on numerous bestsellers lists and has spawned several spin-off titles. The title — “Jesus Calling” — is one that you probably are familiar with. However, in reality, the message of the gospels and the book of Acts can be summed up with the words, “Jesus is Calling.”

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. He called men and women into the kingdom of God. We see vivid examples of this in his call of his own disciples. Several of them he called from their occupation of fishing. One, Nathaniel, he called from meditating under a fig tree. And in our passage for today, we find Jesus calling Matthew from his work at the “seat of custom” for the Roman government. When Jesus called Matthew to follow him, Matthew had every reason not to. He had a secure job with lucrative income. He lived in a nice house and hobnobbed with government officials and wealthy friends. Why would he leave all that to follow an upstart preacher from Nazareth? Sure, Jesus was popular because he worked miracles and taught in a way that the people found compelling. But Jesus was also hated by the religious leaders and would be viewed with suspicion by the Roman authorities if he was not already. Matthew had many reasons not to follow Jesus, yet he chose to follow when Jesus called.

The gospel of Luke informs us that Matthew “left all” and followed Jesus. Being a tax collector, Matthew had a consistent source of income that he could increase at any time. A tax collector could demand that people pay any amount as long as the government got what they expected. Tax collectors ran with the rich and well-to-do Gentiles. They had bigger, fancier houses, more worldly possessions, and favor with the Romans. But when Matthew followed Jesus, he left all. He left behind his rich, worldly friends. He left behind his money and his deceptive ways of getting money. He left behind the status and privilege that he enjoyed. He followed Jesus.

Perhaps, at the beginning of a new year, Jesus is saying to you, “Follow me.” If you are a believer, perhaps you have not been following Him as closely as you should have. If you are not a believer, you have the invitation to follow Jesus for the first time. Matthew did not know the road that lay ahead of him when he chose to follow Jesus, and you do not know what following Jesus means for you at this moment. That is why faith and trust is essential to any relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. You must choose to follow Jesus based on who He is and what He has done.

Barney Warren wrote:

Following Jesus, following Jesus,
Gently He leads me in the heavenly way;
Watching and praying, trusting, obeying,
He will restrain me from going astray.

Following Jesus, following Jesus,
He who has suffered to redeem me from sin;
Oh, what a blessing, while I’m confessing,
He in His fullness is reigning within.

Following Jesus, following Jesus,
I am delighted with His wonderful love;
While I’m confiding, in Him I’m hiding,
Soon I shall meet Him in heaven above.

Following Jesus, following Jesus,
This is my duty for His goodness to me;
Joyful in glory, telling the story,
How in His favor I’m happy and free.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Jesus is Calling; Will You Follow?, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 646 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,011 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:9-13

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.

10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

——-

John MacArthur said, “God’s receiving of the sinner and refusing of the righteous is central to the Christian faith. The gospel is not for good people but for bad people who know they are bad and who come to God for forgiveness and cleansing.”

Dr. John Walvoord & Dr. Roy Zuck said about this passage, “After Matthew began to follow the Lord, he held a dinner at his house. Since he had invited many of his associates to this dinner, many tax collectors and “sinners” were present. Perhaps this was to introduce them to the Savior. The Jews hated tax collectors, for they collected money to support the Romans, and tax collectors often took in more than necessary and pocketed the difference. Thus the Pharisees, who would never eat with such people, asked Jesus’ disciples why He was eating with them. The Lord’s response demonstrated that His ministry is directed toward those who realize they have a need: Only sick people need a doctor. The Pharisees did not think they were sinners (sick) so they would never have sought out the Lord (the Physician). The Pharisees always brought the proper sacrifices, but they were totally lacking in compassion toward sinners. When mercy is lacking, then religious formalities are meaningless.”

In this narrative of Jesus’ words and work in the first century, we take a brief autobiographical detour as Matthew, the writer of this gospel, introduces himself to his readers. He tells the story in the third person, maintaining the focus on Jesus as the active protagonist in the true story. As Jesus passed from his previous engagement at a house in Capernaum, He comes upon Matthew sitting at the desk where he collected taxes and conducted official business for the Roman government. The Bible says that Jesus simply says to him, “Follow me.” And Matthew “arose, and followed him.”

We are not told why Jesus told Matthew to follow him. There is no indication of a prior interaction between them. However, Jesus certainly knew Matthew and knew his heart. Matthew, living and working in Capernaum, had very likely seen or at least heard of Jesus. Like most people, he was likely drawn to Jesus for reasons he did not yet understand. However, he probably felt that Jesus would not want to be associated with a person like him — a publican, a tax collector for the Gentile government, who was considered by his own people to be a traitor and a thief. Yet, Matthew followed Jesus.

The gospel of Luke informs us that Matthew “left all” and followed Jesus. Being a tax collector, Matthew had a consistent source of income that he could increase at any time. A tax collector could demand that people pay any amount as long as the government got what they expected. Tax collectors ran with the rich and well-to-do Gentiles. They had bigger, fancier houses, more worldly possessions, and favor with the Romans. But when Matthew followed Jesus, he left all. He left behind his rich, worldly friends. He left behind his money and his deceptive ways of getting money. He left behind the status and privilege that he enjoyed. He followed Jesus.

Perhaps, at the beginning of a new year, Jesus is saying to you, “Follow me.” If you are a believer, perhaps you have not been following Him as closely as you should have. If you are not a believer, you have the invitation to follow Jesus for the first time. Matthew did not know the road that lay ahead of him when he chose to follow Jesus, and you do not know what following Jesus means for you at this moment. That is why faith and trust is essential to any relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. You must choose to follow Jesus based on who He is and what He has done.

Barney Warren wrote:

Following Jesus, following Jesus,
Gently He leads me in the heavenly way;
Watching and praying, trusting, obeying,
He will restrain me from going astray.

Following Jesus, following Jesus,
He who has suffered to redeem me from sin;
Oh, what a blessing, while I’m confessing,
He in His fullness is reigning within.

Following Jesus, following Jesus,
I am delighted with His wonderful love;
While I’m confiding, in Him I’m hiding,
Soon I shall meet Him in heaven above.

Following Jesus, following Jesus,
This is my duty for His goodness to me;
Joyful in glory, telling the story,
How in His favor I’m happy and free.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Story of Jesus and the Depressed and Defeated Paralytic, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 643 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,010 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:1-8

1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

7 And he arose, and departed to his house.

8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

——-

Philip Schaff said, “The pardon of the paralytic was a foreshadowing of the rending of the veil of the temple, promising direct intercourse between God and the sinner, yet through the Son of man.”

As we return to this passage, we find Jesus at an impasse with the scribes among his audience in Capernaum. Jesus has declared forgiveness to the paralyzed man. The man, however, is still paralyzed. The scribes are criticizing Jesus for seeming to do something that only God can do; they have branded him a blasphemer. So, Jesus puts a question to them: ‘Which is easier: to heal a paralyzed man or to declare forgiveness of sin?’ Of course, only one of these things could be evidenced in the natural. However, the scribes know that only God’s power can do both. The people gathered to hear Jesus teach would not have assumed that Jesus is God; they saw Him as a great teacher, a prophet even. But the scribes and other religious experts knew the implication of what Jesus was saying. According to their theology, only God could forgive sins and only God could perform miraculous healings — and they were unwilling to admit before the people that Jesus was doing the work of God. That He was God.

Jesus, however, saves them from their discomfort with His answer: “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.” Jesus gave them something they could see in order to demonstrate that He also had power over the things they could not see.

With Jesus’ miracle, we return our focus to the paralyzed man. The Bible tells us “he arose and departed to his house.” Dr. John MacArthur comments, “As soon as Jesus said to the paralytic, ‘Rise, take up your bed, and go home, that is exactly what the man did.’ The command to rise suggests that, when Jesus spoke, the healing had already taken place. No description of this act of healing is recorded, only the command to the paralytic to take advantage of it. At Jesus’ word, the man rose, and went home. Mark adds that he ‘immediately took up the pallet and went out in the sight of all’ — a living testimony to Jesus’ power both to heal and to forgive sins.”

You can imagine the man’s four friends scrambling down from the rooftop to join their healed companion and celebrate with him. Wherever this man went, his family, his friends, and people who had seen him before, received a testimony to the power of God. Sins forgiven! Paralysis reversed! When the crowd saw this, the Bible says “they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.” The crowd still did not see Jesus as God, but they directed their praise to the right place. They knew that such power could only come from God.

The word translated as “marvelled” comes from the Greek word “phobeo” which is contemporarily translated as “fear.” However, that is not how the Bible writers use this term; they use it to mean “awe” or “reverence.” John MacArthur writes, “In the synoptic gospels and Acts, the term is never used to speak of anything other than the feeling in a person’s heart when he is confronted with divine power, and it is declared to be a part of the Christian’s attitude as he seeks to faithfully serve the Lord. Reverential awe of God is a part of the truly repentant life, the chaste life, the holy life, and the godly life. Mutual ministry, love, and respect, as well as powerful evangelism and proper church discipline, are all grounded in reverential awe of the Lord. It is the substance out of which all right Christian worship, behavior, and service must come.”

Franklin Eiland wrote:

Do you seek relief for your sin-sick soul?
You to Christ, then, must make appeal,
There’s no other one who can make you whole,
You must come where the blood can heal!

Other proffered aids will only deceive,
At your will, unto life, they steal!
You must look to Christ if you’d hope receive,
You must come where the blood can heal!

If you would arise from your bed of pain,
To the counsel of Christ you must kneel,
‘Tis prescribed by Him, and your only hope,
You must come where the blood can heal!

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Story of Jesus and the Depressed and Defeated Paralytic, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 640 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,007 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:1-8

1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

7 And he arose, and departed to his house.

8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

——-

Nick Bibile said, “The New Testament church started with family worship. Jesus very often taught in homes — remember how he taught in Mary and Martha’s home and the home he was teaching in when a leper’s friends tore off the roof. He ate and fellowshipped in homes. After the resurrection, believers met at homes to worship God. The true church is the home church. Later on, as the home churches grew they constructed buildings where believers could gather in the name of the Lord. But family worship was not neglected.”

Albert Barnes said, “Healing involves divine power, forgiveness involves divine authority, and neither can be done but by God. One is as easy as the other; and to be able to do the one, involves the right and the power to do the other.”

As we return to this passage, let’s put our feet in the shoes of the paralyzed man for a moment. Let’s lay on his sick bed and look at these events through his eyes. He has, no doubt, been through an uncomfortable ordeal, having been carried through the streets on his bed, taken up to the roof of a house, watched as his friends (probably with tools of some kind) tore a hole in the roof of the house, and then been lowered through the roof into a room full of people and presented to the man teaching them, named Jesus. This sick man, laid out on a stretcher, unable to move a muscle, does not like suddenly being made the center of attention. Sure, he is glad his friends went through the trouble to bring him to Jesus. But, at this point, he is hoping for a quick healing miracle, so he can get up and get out from under the gazes of so many.

Instead, as he lays there, Jesus tells him to “be of good cheer.” A wonderful encouragement, no doubt. Then, Jesus tells him that his sins are forgiven. Certainly, that’s good to hear. But, suddenly, Jesus — this Man who is supposed to heal him — turns his attention to others in the crowd and asks, “Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” The man, who has no indication that anyone else has caught Jesus’ attention looks around wondering who Jesus is talking to.

You see, in this passage, the sick man and the people gathered to hear Jesus are only seeing things through their physical senses. However, Jesus is dealing with things on a spiritual level. First, we are informed that Jesus “sees” the invisible faith of the man’s friends. Second, we notice that Jesus sees the invisible sins of the paralyzed man and his need for forgiveness. Finally, we see the invisible thoughts of the religious leaders who were accusing him of blasphemy for declaring the man forgiven. Now, Jesus puts the religious leaders to a test. He asks them, “For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?”

The religious leaders had all seen the evidence that Jesus could heal. That was undeniable. But simply because the evidence for one thing can be seen, does that really make it any easier to accomplish than the thing that is not seen? Dr. John MacArthur tells us that Jesus asked “in effect, ‘Do you think it impossible for Me to forgive sins? Is one easier than the other?’ Sin and disease are inseparable, just as are sin and demons, sin and death, sin and disaster, and sin and the devil. The One who brought the kingdom would have to deal with sin or else He could not deal with the rest; and the One who could deal with the rest could also deal with sin. If Jesus could not deal with sin by putting it away, He could not deal with anything else related to sin. But He could deal with both sin and its symptoms.”

The religious leaders did not answer Jesus either way because the answer was obvious. Just as no man could forgive sins, no man could heal disease with a word. And, just as only God could heal disease with a word, only God could forgive sins. If Jesus could do one, He could do the other. And if Jesus did both, then He was God. That is who we are dealing with when we come to God with our prayers, our diseases, our sins, our broken hearts and wounded spirits. He sees beyond the apparent physical lack to the real spiritual need. He digs deeper — sometimes, much deeper than we want Him to; He touches us in the secret places, and heals us as only He can.

Thomas Sullivan wrote:

To the feet of my Savior in trembling and fear,
A penitent sinner I came;
He saw, and in mercy, He bade me draw near;
All glory and praise to His name.

I knew not the tender compassion and love
That Jesus, my Savior, had shown;
Tho’ burdened with grief, His hand brought relief,
He healed me and called me His own.

He touched me and thus made me whole;
Bringing comfort and rest to my soul;
O glad happy day, all my sins rolled away!
For He touched me and thus made me whole.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Story of Jesus and the Depressed and Defeated Paralytic, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 639 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,006 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:1-8

1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

7 And he arose, and departed to his house.

8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

——-

Adam Clarke said, “In telling them what the thoughts of their hearts were, (for they had expressed nothing publicly), Jesus gave them the fullest proof of his power to forgive sins; because only God can forgive sins, and only God can search and know the heart.”

While four men sought the healing of their paralyzed friend from Jesus, there were some who stood around disapproving of Jesus’ methods and words. The scribes and Pharisees who were present already didn’t like Jesus because of how he did not fit neatly into their narrowly constructed religious worldview. They didn’t like how he distracted the masses of people with his authoritative way of teaching. It is likely that the only reason why they were there at that house in Capernaum was so that they could spy on him and perhaps catch him in some violation of the Law that they could then use to discredit Him. So, when they heard Him say, “They sins be forgiven thee,” they thought, “Oh, we’ve got him now! He’s out here talking like he’s God.”

John MacArthur sheds some light on the mentality of the scribes and Pharisees who were present: “Unlike the paralytic, those men saw no need for forgiveness, because they considered themselves already to be righteous. They resented Jesus’ offering of forgiveness, not only because they did not believe He was God but also because they considered it unjust for a person to be forgiven simply by asking for it—instead of by earning it, as they thought they had done. The two great barriers to salvation have always been refusal to recognize the need for it and the belief that it can be earned or deserved. These scribes had probably seen many miracles of Jesus and heard the testimony of others who had been healed of disease and cleansed of demons. But they refused to recognize His power as coming from God, much less that He Himself was God. Their hearts were so hardened against Christ that every miraculous evidence of His divinity and messiahship drove them to deeper unbelief rather than to repentance. Even His most gracious and loving words and actions drove them to greater fury against Him.”

We ought to strive not to be like the scribes and Pharisees in this passage — rejecting a good gift ourselves, resenting when that gift is offered to others, and rejecting the One who offers that gift to all. If Jesus had not healed him, the paralytic could have chosen to reject the gift of forgiveness and wallow in the misery of his illness. Very often, that is what people do — the ones who need forgiveness the most reject it, either because they are blind to their own sin (like the scribes and Pharisees), or because their sin has grown too large in their own sight that they think they cannot be forgiven. But Jesus can soften the hardest hearts, and His boundless love can cover sin of any size. To all, He says, “Be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Isaac Watts wrote:

Happy the man to whom his God
No more imputes his sin,
But, washed in the Redeemer’s blood,
Hath made his garments clean!

Happy beyond expression he
Whose debts are thus discharged;
And from the guilty bondage free,
He feels his soul enlarged.

This shall invite Thy saints to pray;
When like a raging flood
Temptations rise, our strength and stay
Is a forgiving God.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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