I must be honest my stress level has been running a little high these days. At times I like to even have a little pity party for myself. The cause of my stress is that we have a son graduating from High School, as we try to sell our home, and look for a new one, and prepare for a mission trip, and dealing with parenting type issues. Once again the Word comes through. I am now in Mark chapter 3 on my journey through the Gospel.
The chapter begins with a Sabbath healing of a man with a shriveled hand. This very unmiraculous miracle comes from three short words in the Greek, four in English, as Jesus says “Stretch out your hand.” This simple account ends with a death plot.
1 Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. 5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
Mark 3:1-6 (NIV)
This chapter of Mark continues with crowds so large that Jesus has to plan a possible escape route. Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him.Mark 3:9 (NIV) Later the crowds even make it difficult to eat. Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered,so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. Mark 3:20 (NIV)
Lets couple these issues with the fact that Jesus family has come to take him home because they said he was “out of his mind.” Mark 3:21 (NIV) Not only is his family against him but a group of religious leaders traveled about 100 miles to see Jesus. 22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”
Mark 3:22 (NIV)
- They are plotting to kill him.
- His family thinks he is “out of his mind”
- The crowds will not leave him alone
- The religious leaders think he is possessed
Jesus is not having a good day, and it is only chapter 3 of Mark’s account of the Gospel!
So my stress level over my home selling too quickly, that I might not have time to find a house with out a place to stay in between moves, the issues with my son as he enters adulthood, and anything else I might be facing does not seem so bad. God’s Word continues to amaze this simple beggar as I am reminded of the great love of my Savior who endured all of that – so I might have life!
33 ” In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33b (NIV)
<>< Just a beggar on a journey. Craig