13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
What is grace? Grace is ill-deserved blessing, untamed and unexpected, free and costly, and upside down from the way of the world. Though Levi deserved judgement, Jesus gave blessing at great cost to Himself—He walked straight up to the betraying tax collector and called him into relationship. What does grace look like? Grace looks like being fully known yet fully loved at the same time. Jesus knows every square inch of our hearts, yet, if we belong to Him, He still chooses to love and redeem us. He a knew every bit of sin that was in Levi and the other tax collectors, yet He chose to feast with them. How can we get grace? It’s the simplest thing in the world, but for some it’s impossible—know you are sick with sin and trust the great Physician to heal you. Put your faith in Jesus’ life for your righteousness, death for your forgiveness, and resurrection as your Savior. He “came not to call [those who think they are] righteous, but [those who know they are] sinners.”
1. Can you think of a time you were given something good, though you really deserved the exact opposite?
2. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Mark 2:13-17 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
Grace is ill-deserved blessing, untamed and unexpected, free and costly, and upside down from the way of the world.
3. How do we see each of these aspects of grace in this account of Jesus calling Levi? Which one stands out to you most and why? Does the Bible’s definition of grace differ from the world’s? If so, how?
Grace looks like being fully known yet fully loved at the same time. Jesus knows every square inch of our hearts, yet, if we belong to Him, He still chooses to love us.
5. Do you remember the illustration Pastor Brett used in Sunday’s sermon to drive home that we are fully known and fully loved? How should this strengthen us in our lives? How should this affect how we view and love others?
How can we get grace? It’s the simplest thing in the world, but for some it’s impossible—know you are sick with sin and trust the great Physician to heal you.
6. What seems to be keeping these “scribes of the Pharisees” from coming to Jesus to be saved from their sin? What does this tell us about God? What does this tell us about ourselves?
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