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Mark 2:13-17

Mark 2:13-17


Series: Gospel of Mark
Sermon: Jesus the Healer
Bible Passage: Mark 2:13-17

I. Verse 13 is an introduction to the passage 2:13-17

1. Jesus going by the tax booth is not accidental, but it is intentional
2. According to this passage, Jesus’ call to Levi to follow him is purely Jesus’ choice and it was not based on the person of Levi
3. (Levi has many things that would work against him)
4. He was a “tax collector and sinner”
5. He was a collaborator for Roman administration (Herod Antipas)
6. He was unclean and hated by fellow Jews
7. The title “sinner” was ascribed to him because he probably disregarded the teachings of the Law
8. Despite who Levi was Jesus invited him to “follow” Him
9. Jesus going by Levi’s tax booth paints a beautiful picture of God visiting a sinner, an undeserving person (compare it with the leper and paralytic)
10. Jesus’ call of Levi (also the other four) seems to point to the doctrine “unconditional election” (sovereign election)

II. Levi follows Jesus at once

1. It looks like God’s “irresistible grace” or “prevenient grace” was at work in Levi (Jesus came by his place)
2. Levi was regenerated so that he could respond to Jesus’ call

a. Regeneration precedes faith
b. Regeneration produces faith to respond to the Gospel
c. In other words, Levi’s response was aided by the Holy Spirit

3. Levi chooses the new relationship and profession over the old one

a. The old one was characterized by: extortion, defilement, wrong associations
b. The new life is characterized by: being with Jesus
c. He left his business and company of influencers
d. He took a position behind Jesus (symbolically, Jesus became Levi’s leader)

III. Levi develops a missional lifestyle

1. He invited Jesus for a meal
2. He also invited his old colleagues “tax collectors and sinners” so that they would listen to Jesus
3. Jesus joining Levi and “other tax collectors and sinners” point to God’s acceptance of sinners

IV. The question “Why is Jesus eating with tax collectors and sinners”? is an important part of this passage

1. Jesus’ response to the scribes reflects Exod 15:26 “I, the Lord, am your healer”
2. Jesus extends “grace” to the undeserving people, who could not claim any credit before Him (verse 17)
3. Interestingly, undeserving people stood closer to God than those who claimed righteousness (verse 17)
4. The (so called) righteous people are in denial and don’t realize that they are in need of a Savior
5. He seems to be acting out the Good News of God that is “the Kingdom of God is near, repent and believe in the good news.”
6. God’s Kingdom is extended to the leper and the paralytic
7. Now, it is extended to tax collectors and sinners

Take Away:

Create opportunity for your friends and families to hear the Gospel

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at