Summary: Jesus challenges the religious leaders as He faces conflict from them.
Mk. 2:1-3:6 JESUS BURSTS OLD WINESKINS
A. “That Broadway Project! Why is it taking so long? Why are they
ripping apart more roads and intersections than just putting on the
new cement? They are stalling for time, and making hard for everyone
1. I am not a street contractor. I am not a city engineer. I
don’t know how old or how bad those sewer pipes and water pipes are
2. I am asking questions from a practical point of view,
without understanding all that is involved in such a project.
I. THE PEOPLE’S RESPONSE TO JESUS.
A. Jesus Christ is one Amazing Man! People are flocking to Him.
They grab onto, and believe everything that He says!
1. Jesus is turning the Jewish religious system upside down.
He is challenging the traditions of the Old Testament.
2. We read it this way from Mark, because Mark writes his
Gospel in a very dramatic style. In reading Mark, you will find the
words, “immediately and suddenly” quite often; indicating that things
move very quickly from one event and place to another.
3. But within the dramatic and writing style of Mark; we find
different kinds responses by the crowds. Let’s consider some of those
responses to Jesus!
4. Quite often, the crowds gather around Jesus to see what He
is doing. In 1:33, 37, 45, masses of people press around Christ to see
what He is doing. In 2:12, the people are amazed by the healing of the
paralytic man. It says, “they were amazed and glorified God. We have
never seen anything like this before!”
5. When Jesus comes home, the crowds gather around Him,
and keep Him from eating (3:20). In 4:1, a large crowd gather to hear
Jesus teach. In 10:46, a multitude goes along with Jesus to Jericho.
6. And in 11:10 when Jesus rides into Jerusalem, many people
are crying out, proclaiming Him as the One who has brought the
Davidic Kingdom that is to come!
7. In all these situations, the crowds are responding positively.
They are truly amazed! But their responses lack depth and do not carry
any commitment in the long run. For it will be the same people will be
crying out for His crucifixion (15:8-15).
B. A Second Response that we find in this chapter comes from the
Pharisees and other religious leaders.
1. A third group that responds is Jesus’ family members and
friends. Chapter 3:21 tells us that Jesus’ family members do not know
what to think of Him - they say that “He is out of His mind.”
2. They indicate that Christ is not using normal behavior, and
does not fit into the pattern of normal people. In 6:1-6, we read that
the people from Jesus’ home town reject Him.
3. How difficult it must have been for Jesus when those who
were close to Him for many years turned their backs on Him.
4. A fourth response comes from His own disciples. As we
read through the Gospel of Mark, we observe what the disciples know
about Jesus, and how they choose to respond to Him.
5. The fifth and sixth groups of people are the divine and
demonic voices that we find in this Gospel. What is very striking is
that the divine and demonic types recognize Jesus as the Son of God a
lot sooner than the religious leaders and the crowds of people.
6. The Messianic secret is let out by these, when you would
think that it should have been the religious leaders in the first place.
7. But there is a seventh group which are the outsiders.
Those are the Gentiles and the sinners. How do they respond to
Jesus Christ? We will find out, as we study this Gospel.
II. THE RELIGIOUS LEADER’S RESPONSE TO JESUS.
A. The first story that we find in Mark 2 is the healing of the
paralytic. With many people around, and looking on to see this man
being lifted down from the roof - Jesus heals this man’s paralysis. But
then comes a reaction to this healing as well.
1. Secondly, we find Jesus calling Levi. What is Jesus doing?
He is associating with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus not only heals
the paralytic, and forgives his sins; but Jesus is also associating with
the wrong kinds of people.
2. The reaction? Major disapproval from the scribes and
religious leaders! No one wanted to be around those dirty tax
3. In 18-22, an important question is raised, “Why don’t your
disciples fast as John’s disciples do and the Pharisees do?” Why
aren’t Jesus’ disciples following the regular religious customs?
4. 23-28, Jesus and His disciples pluck grain from the fields on
the Sabbath. And of course, this causes problems with all who saw