One day, Jesus met a man sitting at his tax booth. His name was Matthew. Tax collectors took money from the people and gave it to the Roman government. People didn’t like the tax collectors because they cheated the people and charged more for their taxes and kept the extra money. Jesus knew that most people didn’t like the tax collectors.
But Jesus loved Matthew! Jesus loves everyone! Jesus went to the tax booth and told Matthew to “Follow Me.” What do you think Matthew did? Matthew got right up and left his tax booth to follow Jesus. Matthew left right away to be with Jesus!
Matthew invited Jesus and the other disciples to go home with him to eat a great feast. Matthew also invited some of his friends to his house. Some of the people that saw Jesus with Matthew and his friends couldn’t believe Jesus was with Matthew! They asked the Disciples why Jesus eating with people like Matthew? He is a tax collector and a sinner! But, Jesus heard them and said that He came to help the sinners. Jesus loves everyone!