Mark Part XII - Calling Sinners to Repentance (2:13-17)
Jesus came to earth to deal with sin. But in order to deal with sin, you simply must deal with sinners. What we see in our text is that immediately after substantiating his authority to forgive sins, Jesus proceeds to call sinners, notorious sinners, into his service. Making reconciliation for iniquity and bringing in everlasting righteousness, the things Daniel anticipated that Messiah would do, entails doing something with sinners. And there are only two options. You eliminate sinners either through judgment – destroying them – or through conversion – changing them. In our story today, Jesus shows the primary mode he is interested in – conversion. The purpose of his ministry as the Great Physician is to heal the sick, to call sinners to repentance.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.