Hard Verses Episode 2: I came not to call the righteous, but the sinner… (Mark 2:17)
Upon first glance there are a few questions that come to mind.
- I thought that Jesus came to call everyone to repentance. John 3:16 and 17–That the world might be saved.
- God has called righteous men before. Noah (Gen. 6:9), (Job 1:1).
- I thought that evil communications corrupts good manners (1 Cor. 15:33).
The problem from those first century Jews.
- The respected teacher of the law (Jesus) seemed to draw the undesirables. They asked the disciples, why is He hanging out with these people? Sinners?
- There was a problem with Jesus associating with Gentiles and Samaritans.
Also when one calls sinners to associate and follow Him, that does not look like godly behavior. Were they even changing their behavior?
- Jesus came to die for all men so how it is that he is only calling the sinners and not the righteous.
Many cases one could replace “righteous” with “self-righteous.”
Pharisees and scribes did not see themselves as in need of forgiveness.
Let us remember the Pharisee and the Publican that went down to pray. Only one recognized his sin.
There has to be an acknowledgement that one is truly in need of saving.
- Jesus called upstanding men to follow Him and even some of the elite religious class also followed Jesus. Nicodemus was one of those men.
- The problem of hanging out with sinners was all about intent. He intended everyone to repent.
The woman that was taken in adultery and was about to be stoned, He proclaimed that He was not going to condemn her but then told her to go and sin no more.
- Jesus saw just how great a need these individuals needed a savior. Just like a doctor that sees you are having a stroke or heart attack.
They see the urgency to get them well.
The lesson for us today.
- Are we giving up on individuals? Sinners?
- Are they in less need of a savior than in the first century?
- Jesus is still calling the sinner today to come to repentance.
- Maybe we have become as self-righteous as the Pharisees and scribes that we no longer see ourselves in need of Jesus’ saving power.
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