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"Jesus had a special mission to the marginalized". Explain this statement, using examples from the gospel and say why the attitude of Jesus provoked a hostile reaction from some Jews.

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"Jesus had a special mission to the marginalized". Explain this statement, using examples from the gospel and say why the attitude of Jesus provoked a hostile reaction from some Jews. In the time of Jesus, many groups of people were marginalized. These groups included Lepers, Gentiles, Women, Sinners and Tax Collectors. These people were all treated as "Outcasts" of society. If we read the gospel, we see there's evidence that Jesus deliberately went out of his way to help these people. From Luke's gospel, we can see that there are many cases in which Jesus seeked and found these so-called "Outcasts". The reason they were seen as Outcasts in the eyes of normal Jews is because at the time of Jesus, if you were seen to have a disability then you were seen as being punished by God. ...read more.

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Another story of Jesus going out of his way to heal a people marginalized from society is in the story of Zacchaeus, the Tax Collector (Luke 19:1-10). As Jesus was walking through Jericho, there was a Tax Collector there named Zacchaeus, who was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but because he was a physically small man he couldn't see Jesus because of the crowd of people. He climbed to the top of a nearby Sycamore tree to see Jesus who was passing by. Jesus looked up and seen the man at the top of the tree and said "Hurry down, Zacchaeus, because I must stay in your house today." Zacchaeus hurried down the tree and welcomed him with great joy. All the people in the crowd started grumbling because Jesus was associating with a "Sinner". ...read more.

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The elderly man called out "Jesus! Son of David! Take pity on me!" The people in front of him scolded the blind man and told him to be quiet. But he shouted even more loudly, "Son of David! Take pity on me!" Jesus heard the man shouting his name, and asked for the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" "Sir, I want to see again," the elderly man answered. Jesus replied, "Then see! Your faith has made you well." This caused a hostile reaction because Jesus did this miracle in public, and didn't ask the people to be quiet about what had happened. This was because he knew that his life was coming to an end soon. In all these examples we see Jesus breaking down the barriers (laws) by befriending "unclean" people, associating with them, and by having contact with them. This made Jesus become hated by the lawmakers in Israel. ...read more.

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