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Mark loves to show Jesus interacting with people, especially outsiders. His Gospel doesn’t give us as many of Jesus’ actual words as the other Gospel writers do. No, instead Mark shows Jesus’ teaching by who he interacts with and what he does. Mark lays out for us a path in front of Jesus and that path is littered with sinners. However, rather than avoiding them, Jesus seeks them out. He calls them, befriends them, heals their diseases, and most importantly, he forgives their sins.

This summer we will begin a new sermon series walking through Mark’s Gospel. In Mark’s Gospel we will see a Jesus who loves to make outsiders insiders, outcasts members of Jesus’ company, and sinners saints. We will see a Jesus who spends most of his time far away from the religious holy land of Jerusalem and instead ministers in Galilee of gentiles. We will see a Jesus who is in a hurry because he desires to meet more sinners and give healing in a way that only he can provide.

I would love for you to join me, a fellow sinner, and travel this path littered with sinners and see a Jesus who has nothing but love and forgiveness for sinners. Seeing this Jesus love sinners, it is my prayer that you and me and everyone at Living Promise would better understand what Jesus meant when he said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”