Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, March 1, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF MARK CHAPTERS 1-6

Text: “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”. – Mark 2:17.

 

Comment: When Jesus Christ went to Capernaum, the crowd was so much, that the roof of the house had to be removed so that he could attend to a man who was sick of the palsy. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” (Mark 2:5) Our Lord’s choice of words was of course deliberate; it was  to let them know “that  the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins”.  He then commanded the man to arise and carry the bed in which he was .brought and go home.  As Jesus Christ continued in his work, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus, (also called Matthew in Matthew 9:9), busy at his post as a tax collector, and called him into the ministry.  Christ’s role as One to reconcile people to God was re-echoed at the house of Levi, where the Scribes and Pharisees objected to how he related freely with those they regarded as sinners. Jesus Christ countered them by saying that he came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. Up till today, some people are so narrow minded that they see only themselves as deserving of the kingdom privileges. But the will of God is for “all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth”. (1Timothy 2:4) Each person must work out his own salvation with fear and trembling. –Philippians 2:12.