In the Footsteps of the Great Physician, Part Two
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In the Footsteps of the Great Physician, Part Two

Mark 1:13-17  (ID: 3325)

Levi the tax collector was as much a Jewish social outcast as a leper—yet Jesus still called him to be His disciple. Drawing attention to its brevity and clarity, Alistair Begg examines Levi’s call and the immediate obedience that followed it. Jesus would then go on to share a table with sinners, a mark of identification with them. These events demonstrate Christianity’s uniqueness: instead of us reaching up to God, He reaches down and changes us.


13And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”5

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.