Righteousness

Mark 2:1-17

We tend to think that the world is divided into two kinds of people: Good people and bad people (and we, of course, are always on the good side). The same was true in Jesus day. Righteous people, religious leaders, the ones who followed the Old Testament and God’s law; those were the good people. Prostitutes, tax collectors, and sinners, though? Those were the bad people, and in Jesus’ day, the good people often avoided them. Not Jesus, though. Like a doctor, he didn’t come for the healthy, but for the sick, and his forgiveness, his “treatment” of the sick, if you will, gives us a definite foretaste of the coming New Creation.

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