WE ARE THE OUTSIDERS | Wk 2: “Welcome To The Party”
Pastor Mike Overstreet | 09.19.2021
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In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus seeks out the outsiders & they’re the ones who embrace his message.
Mark 2:13-14 (NIV)
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
Tax-collectors were despised in 1st century Israel & widely viewed as traitors, extortionists, & religiously impure.
Mark 2:15 (NIV)
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
Mark 2:16-17 (NIV)
16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus rejects the vision of God & healing inherent to the Pharisees’ sin management approach to brokenness. He understands that broken people are sick & need a compassionate doctor, not judgment.
Transformation & healing come by means of love, grace, & invitation to the Kingdom – not to earn it.