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What Does Jesus’ Call Mean For Me?     Mk 2:15-28     Dec. 13-09


       How do I personally answer the question of the title? I say His call means everything to me. He called me out of sin into salvation. A godly mother’s prayers affected the direction of my life, and the death of five friends really got my attention. So, What Does Jesus’ Call Mean To Me? Everything!


1.   Jesus’ Call Means . . Inviting Others To Follow Him. 2:15-17

       A.   Invite . . Sinners To Follow Him. 2:15-16

15 While He was reclining at the table in Levi's house, many tax collectors and sinners were also

       guests with Jesus and His disciples, because there were many who were following Him. 16 When the

       scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked His disciples,

       "Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?"


       B.   Invite . . Sensible Responses As To Why You Invite Sinners. 2:17

17 When Jesus heard this, He told them, "Those who are well don't need a doctor, but the sick do need

       one. I didn't come to call the righteous, but sinners."

       Matthew became a follower of Jesus and invited other tax collectors to come to his house. Some scribes and Pharisees did not like Jesus fellowshipping with the tax collectors and sinners. You know some Christians today have lists of sinners they want to do their best to avoid. I don’t personally want to avoid anyone and hope sinners feel welcome to come talk with me. It impresses me that sinners always seemed to be comfortable around Jesus. What a sensible answer Jesus gave to the self-righteous Pharisees. Jesus eliminated any effective comebacks from the opposition with that answer. He cares about sinners. He came to seek and save them. Hallelujah!


2.   Jesus’ Call Means . . Inquiring About the Practices Of Jesus Disciples. 2:18-20

       A.   Inquiring About The Lack Of . . Fasting By His Disciples. 2:18

              18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked Him, "Why do John's

       disciples and the Pharisees' disciples fast, but Your disciples do not fast?"


       B.   Inquiring About The Rapid . . Flight Of Jesus Away From His Disciples. 2:19-20

19 Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they? As

       long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the time will come when the groom is

       taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.

       All of Jesus’ actions as well as those of His disciples are open to criticism. All of us who claim a relationship with Christ must realize some people will be eager to judge our actions. Some things Christians do come from a command of the Lord, and some things we do because it seems to us the Spirit tells us to do it or not to do it. When Jesus was on this earth He said the time of fasting will come as Our Lord is taken away. Then what a time of joy and celebration when He returns.


3.   Jesus’ Call Means . . Investigating New Ways Of Reaching People For Him. 2:21-22

      A.   Investigation About New Patches To . . Sew On The Old Gospel Message. 2:21

              No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away

       from the old cloth, and a worse tear is made.


      B.   Investigation About Providing New . . Skins To Protect The Gospel Message. 2:22

              22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the

       wine is lost as well as the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins."

       The Gospel message does not change. We may find new methods to tell the old story but the message must remain the same. The Gospel is an old message ever new! My daughter lives where a member of a new church

says they do church to attract the non-Christian. My daughter told the man that, the church is supposed to worship God and disciple believers then attract the lost.” Somewhere in what the man said may be some truth but I believe my daughter spoke the whole truth. Do you fast? My wife and I have at special times. Study your Bible on the subject and follow the Spirit as He guides you.


4.   Jesus’ Call Means . . Incorporating Lordship Into Your Lifestyle. 2:23-28

       A.   Incorporating Lordship . . Settles Sabbath Rules. 2:23-24

23 On the Sabbath He was going through the grainfields, and His disciples began to make their way picking some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to Him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?"


       B.   Incorporating Lordship . . Submits Old Testament Examples. 2:25-26

              25 He said to them, "Have you never read what David and those who were with him did when he was in need and hungry — 26 how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest and ate the sacred bread — which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests — and also gave some to his companions?"


       C.   Incorporating Lordship . . Surrenders To Lordship. 2:27-28

              27 Then He told them, "The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.  28 Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath." HCSB

       Is Jesus Lord in your life? How does that translate into your daily lifestyle? Rules for daily routine need to be evaluated under His rule. Sometimes Old Testament examples may direct us in our attempts to follow the leading of the Lord. The bottom line of the Lordship discussion must be, Is Jesus in charge? That will answer the question, What Does Jesus’ Call Mean For Me? Amen? Amen!