Before Jesus came to earth religious people were obsessed with being "clean." They sacrificed and avoided things, and prayed and dressed and washed all in an effort to avoid anything unclean so that they could stay clean. In contrast, Jesus spent all his time ritually dirty. If you're trying to look like Jesus you're not going to do without getting dirty. Welcome to discipleship.
Mark 1:40-42, 2:1-17 NIV
Part 2 - Move
If you grew up in church you know the struggle of trying to stay clean between the time you got dressed and the time you go to church. But if you did get dirty... watch out. Momma was gonna get ya!
Mark 1:1 NIV
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God
We look MOST like Jesus when we MOVE toward others
At Real Life we want to move toward others in three main ways:
- The MARGINALIZED
- The MINISTRY
- The MISSION
Jesus cared more about the HUMAN than He did about their HUMANITY
Mark 1:40-42 NIV
40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
Mark 2:1-12 NIV
1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.
2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.
4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,
7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man,
11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Mark 2:13-17 NIV
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them.
14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
We can't look like Jesus if we don't look at others like Jesus
Jesus three "I" statements:
- 1:41 - I am WILLING
- 2:10 - I have AUTHORITY
- 2:17 - I have come to CALL SINNERS
Three questions for us as followers of Jesus:
- Am I willing to risk my social standing in order to show kindness?
- Am I willing to risk making a scene so Jesus might be able to minister to someone in need?
- Am I willing to risk my reputation in order to further the mission?
If disciples don't look at others like Jesus did, how can we look like Jesus at all?
Who will you look more like Jesus to this week?
Part 3 next week!
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