What hit me as I read Matthew 9 is how the religious establishment kept coming against Jesus – even though he was doing “good works” such as healing and fellowship. I think I would have wanted to yell at them, “Leave Him alone!”
The first example is the paralytic. Men brought the paralytic to Jesus and this is what seemed to get Jesus’ attention:
2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
Of course, the comment about sins being forgiven caught the attention of scoffers and they HAD to throw in their venom.
Later, Jesus called Matthew to follow. Matthew was a known tax-collector, someone not very well respected as you can imagine. Yet, this is who Jesus called. Again, the Pharisees had to spew their venom and comment about how Jesus eats with such sinners.
Later still, the Pharisees had to comment about how Jesus and His disciples did not fast like they did. I love Jesus’ answer:
15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
I don’t know about you, but I see lots of people eager to spew venom even today. It seems like some think it’s their only responsibility to look for things to mock or ridicule or complain about. Jesus was not the least bit deterred from His mission. This talk had no effect on Jesus’ mission. He knew His mission and went about doing it.
I will focus today on my mission and let the distractions and nay-sayers have no effect on my mission.