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Matthew 9:1-17

Today’s passage Matthew 9:1-17 is a perfect makeover of Mark 2:1-22. That is not surprising since Matthew draws a good deal of his material from Mark:

One major difference is striking though: Mark calls the tax-collector “Levi” whereas Matthew inserts himself into the story. Alfred Hitchcock famously followed this example.

At this point in Jesus’ ministry, disputes commence:
Verse 3: Then some teachers of the Law said to themselves, “This man is speaking blasphemy!” These scribes judge Jesus without even talking to him.
Verse 11: Some Pharisees saw this and asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such people?” These Pharisees engage in a real conversation with Jesus and his disciples, because he was certainly close if not even part of their tradition.

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Romans 6:1-23

Today’s chapter is Romans 6. Here one can find the core of Paul’s theologia crucis. There is no celebration of the great human mind or our capability to create our own destiny but quite the opposite: Think of yourselves as dead (Verse 11). It’s all about acknowledging you’re lost – and for that matter found. It’s all about acknowledging you’re dead – and for that matter resurrected already. Take on Christ’s death, pretty much like Jesus describes it in Mark 8:31-38. His resurrection has already happened for you!