Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
January 12, 2020
“Jesus came to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.” These two snapshots from Mark might afflict us.
First, Jesus invites a tax collector to be a part of his inner circle. He is a traitor, and by today’s standards Levi would be a criminal racketeer. Then Jesus goes with Levi to a room full of “tax collectors and sinners.” And he eats with them. Jesus has fellowship with them.
So what is Mark’s lesson in these two controversial snapshots?
- Jesus is unconventional. God’s kingdom has plenty of room for us and for those who we do not think would belong. Jesus is inclusive. God’s invitation is for all people.
- Jesus loves sinners. When we sing “Jesus Loves Me,” when did we think that song was only for us? God in Jesus loves the hypocrite like me and, yes, the people we think do not belong.
Jesus is standing at the door. “Welcome. The party has started. The table is set. We have a place for you. We have a place for everyone.”
Pastor Tim Stoa