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Religion or Christ? (5 of 37)
Series: Then Came Jesus
Dr. Stan Coffey
This morning if you have your Bible I want you to turn to the gospel of Mark as we continue our study in the gospel according to Mark and today we are in Chapter 2 and we want to begin reading with Verse 13.
I want to speak today on the subject "Religion or Christ?". You say, "Well, I thought they were one in the same thing." No my friend, there is a great difference between having a religion or having the living Christ in your life.
Now in Verse 13 we continue to follow the ministry of Jesus. " AND HE WENT FORTH AGAIN BY THE SEA SIDE; AND ALL THE MULTITUDE RESORTED UNTO HIM, AND HE TAUGHT THEM.
AND AS HE PASSED BY, HE SAW LEVI THE SON OF ALPHAEUS SITTING AT THE RECEIPT OF CUSTOM, AND SAID UNTO HIM, FOLLOW ME." We recognize Levi as Matthew; this is Matthew also known as Levi. " AND HE AROSE AND FOLLOWED HIM.
AND IT CAME TO PASS, THAT, AS JESUS SAT AT MEAT IN HIS HOUSE, MANY PUBLICANS AND SINNERS SAT ALSO TOGETHER WITH JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES: FOR THERE WERE MANY, AND THEY FOLLOWED HIM.
AND WHEN THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES SAW HIM EAT WITH PUBLICANS AND SINNERS, THEY SAID UNTO HIS DISCIPLES, HOW IS IT THAT HE EATETH AND DRINKETH WITH PUBLICANS AND SINNERS?
WHEN JESUS HEARD IT, HE SAITH UNTO THEM, THEY THAT ARE WHOLE HAVE NO NEED OF THE PHYSICIAN, BUT THEY THAT ARE SICK: I CAME NOT TO CALL THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT SINNERS TO REPENTANCE."
This particular section of the life of Jesus introduces us to one of the strangest and set of facts surrounding His ministry and that is Jesus' greatest opposition did not come from the prostitutes and the sinners and drunkards and the alcoholics and the drug pushers of His day, but the opposition that came to Jesus came from religious men in religious circles.
As a matter of fact, this passage reveals that Jesus' opposition and criticism came from those who were both considered the most religious people of His day. Now ...
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