23 The First Step Toward Jesus, Heart of Text

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”723″ style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”” border_width=”” el_width=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Mark 2:13-17 teaches us a powerful lesson about faith in Jesus.

The CPT (Central Proposition of the Text) tells us that the first step toward Jesus is a recognition of the need for forgiveness.

The lesson is illustrated in first noting who Matthew was–a tax collector for the Roman government. He was probably hated by the religious leaders of his day, and his character might not have been that great, if he were a typical tax collector. But when Jesus called, Matthew responded.

After Jesus called him, Matthew hosted a meal for Him and His followers. This troubled the scribes of the Pharisees, and they questioned Jesus about it. Why would Jesus eat with those kinds of people? Didn’t He know what these people were like? Jesus was someone who claimed to be a teacher from God, who claimed to be bringing back the beloved kingdom of David. How could He accept and fraternize with these people?

With one statement, Jesus brought into view His own character and nature while laying bare the hearts of those who opposed Him.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″]
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