Jesus causes conflict. Already in Mark 2, Jesus is on a crash course with those in power both religiously and politically. Why? Because he was a threat to both of them. The authority claims he makes, conflict with the sources of power in his world in every sector of his culture. It’s the same way today. What we see in Mark chapter 2 is that the very thing that makes Jesus so attractive, so compelling, is the very thing that gets killed. What we find with Jesus is that there are really only 2 options: We either want to follow with the utmost devotion or want him dead.