St. Mark 2:13-22

Dec. 4, 2021

saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

13And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.

14And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

15And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.

16And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?

17When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

18And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?

19And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.

20But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

21No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.

22And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

The Baby in the manger. The angels sing His birth and shepherds go to see Him; these are high and low. The man Jesus, in the verses above, sits with the Pharisees and with sinners (which actually means they were just regular folks) – the high and the low. The Pharisees are the Old Covenant; the sinners are learning about the New Covenant which Jesus ushers in as He, Himself, is the New Covenant. Once again looking back and looking forward.

That tiny infant in swaddling cloths is the King of kings and Lord of lords all at the same time. He is above all and yet reaches out to us to bring us closer to Him and the Father. He doesn’t care where you are or who you are or what you may have done. He wants us – He wants you – to join with Him, to be one with Him.

The Baby Jesus is the promise; the Resurrected Jesus is the promise fulfilled.

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