Mark 10:27: With God all Things are Possible

Mark 10:45 -- For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Mark 2 Commentary of the Bible

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The Scandal Maker  ( Mark 2:13-3:6 )  Daily Devotion

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 (Mark 2:15).

This evidently was a farewell dinner Matthew gave for his friends, his tax-collecting buddies. He was saying farewell to his work and friends and leaving to follow Jesus, the one who would travel from place to place. It was also an opportunity to introduce them to his newfound Lord.

The Scandal Maker  ( Mark 2:13 - 3:6 )  Sunday Message

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Many view Jesus in the way he is often pictured -- as a very weak and mild man who sought always to live at peace with everyone and who avoided controversy whenever possible. But as you read the gospel accounts you see that the truth is that, from the very beginning, he deliberately provoked certain groups. He never hesitated to flout the petty regulations of men, and he knowingly and deliberately offended people. In fact, he became too hot to handle, and the "establishment" of that day finally decided that the only way out was to get rid of him.