Mark 2:17 Religious rules may actually ruin relationships.

09 Feb

17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

What a blessed sermon today from Pastor Kurt Bubna.

Something we need to think about.  Are we so bogged down in our ‘rules’ that we can’t see people the way that Jesus did?  Stop for a moment, and realize that we are not saying that you change how you feel about things that are wrong, but that you love those who are in the middle of it and PRAY to our Father that HE will touch their heart and change yours.

If you read Mark, Chapter 2, Jesus challenged the most important of the Religious Rules of His day.

Mark 2: 1 – 12.  Jesus forgave sin…but only God could forgive sin.

Mark 2: 13 – 17.  Jesus called a tax collector to be His disciple and then when to his home and ate and drank with other tax collectors and sinners…this was not to be done.

Mark 2: 18 – 22.  Jesus did not fast, nor did His disciples…yet the followers of John the Baptist and Pharisees did, how could this be?

Mark 2: 23 – 27.  Jesus and His disciples worked on the Sabbath…but it was not lawful to do so on the Sabbath.

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Next time you see someone…sit next to someone…pass someone  who looks different…who thinks different…who is different from you…like Jesus, see them as a child of God, who needs to know the saving grace of our Father.

Let’s make an effort, everyday, to not allow religious rules to be the reason someone never finds His way into salvation.  Be an example that leads others towards a relationship with Christ.  There is no greater relationship than one built on love and not rules.

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  1. Annette

    February 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful summary, Thelma! I was also struck by a statement Pastor Kurt made “religion isolates but the heart of Jesus always infiltrates.”

    Thank you for sharing your take on today’s message. It touched my heart too, and challenged me to check my fear of man at the door & look for ways to enter into relationship with those who see things different from me–and let Jesus take the lead in loving them through me. We all need His compassion & grace.