What Jesus Did! 'Among Sinners' — Mark 2:15-17

Monday, February 5, 2024

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Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus' followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, "Why does he eat with such scum?"

When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor — sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."

— Mark 2:15-17 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus came to save sinners. Yes, all of us are sinners. Unfortunately, many — even some people who consider themselves religious — try to pretend they are not sinners or defend the sins they have committed as "normal failures" or "mistakes." Jesus reminds us that he came to rescue sinners. He came for us. He came to call us to join him in the work of rescuing sinners. Will we respond?

Today's Prayer

Righteous Father, thank you for sending Jesus to save me from my sins. Without your grace, I know that I would be lost. Please use me to help others find their way to your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Timothy 1:12-17
  • 1 John 1:8-10
  • Luke 19:9-10


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Illustration of Mark 2:15-17 NLT — "Why does he eat with such scum?"   ——   "Healthy people don't need a doctor — sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.