Who Does Jesus Call? The Unlikely Ones. (Mark 2:13-17)

Jesus entered into many controversies and brought God’s clarity to the situation.

Ever wonder why “the Son of many came eating and drinking?” And why He spent so much time with people of poor reputation, like tax collectors and “sinners”?

He came to rescue sinners, and give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:42-45). Could it be that they too had something to offer Him, even if not as great of value of what He offered them?

Gospel of Mark

Message title: Who Does Jesus Call? The Unlikely Ones.
Fourth week in the Gospel of Mark
Scriptures: Mark 2:13-17; Psalm 107:20; Romans 5:1-11
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 9/25/16

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Scripture readings:

Mark 2:13-17 (NLT)

Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)

13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.

15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees[a] saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?[b]

17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

Footnotes:
  1. 2:16a Greek the scribes of the Pharisees.
  2. 2:16b Greek with tax collectors and sinners?

Psalm 107:20 (ESV)

He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.

Romans 5:1-11 (ESV)

Peace with God Through Faith

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Footnotes:
  1. Romans 5:1 Some manuscripts let us
  2. Romans 5:2 Some manuscripts omit by faith
  3. Romans 5:2 Or let us; also verse 3
  4. Romans 5:2 Or boast; also verses 3, 11

Mark 2:13-17 (ESV)

Jesus Calls Levi

13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.16 And the scribes of[a] the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat[b] with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Footnotes:
  1. Mark 2:16 Some manuscripts and
  2. Mark 2:16 Some manuscripts add and drink

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