Almost everything Jesus did and said was scandalous to those who would not repent and believe on him. This remains true today—at least for those who, like the scribes and Pharisees, were self-righteous. The self-righteous are offended by the message and ministry of Jesus because he is merciful only to those who are not righteous; he heals only those who acknowledge that they are not well. The new thing in Christianity is not the doctrine that God saves sinners. No Jew would have denied that. It is the assertion that God loves and saves them as sinners that is the authentic and glorious doctrine of true Christianity in any age.
Scripture References: Mark 2:13-17
An exposition of the Gospel of Mark by Doug Van Meter.
|Good News in a Bad News World (Mark 1:1–8)||Doug Van Meter||11 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Approved, and Proved (Mark 1:9–13)||Doug Van Meter||18 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Gospel of the Kingdom (Mark 1:14–15)||Doug Van Meter||25 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Answer the Call (Mark 1:16–20)||Doug Van Meter||8 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Mark 1:21–28)||Doug Van Meter||22 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Part 2) (Mark 1:29–34)||Doug Van Meter||13 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Praying in the Wilderness (Mark 1:35–39)||Doug Van Meter||20 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Merciful Indignation (Mark 1:40–45)||Doug Van Meter||27 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Forgiveness (Mark 2:1–12)||Doug Van Meter||3 June 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Scandalous Salvation (Mark 2:13–17)||Doug Van Meter||10 June 2018||Watch||Listen|