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Mark 1-3; Psalm 17

For a few days we jump to the shortest of the Gospels. Mark wastes no time with birth stories. He jumps right into the action. John the Baptist is on the scene pointing the way to Jesus and then here He is to be baptized by John in the Jordan.

Then Jesus gets straight to work. He calls some followers and begins to heal people. Along the way He is calling people to turn from their sin and believe the Gospel. The Kingdom of Heaven is near. Crowds gather and follow as He continues to preach and heal. The crowds are so big that this house is packed, standing room only. Some friends want to help their friend get healed but can’t get in. They do what any friends would do, dig a hole in the roof and lower their friend right in front of Jesus.

He forgives his sin and backs it up by healing his paralysis. The religious leaders can’t believe what Jesus is doing. In fact He tweaks them even more with His interpretation of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is made to benefit people, not people to benefit the Sabbath. We need to rest and worship because He benefits us. We don’t make the day better by resting and worshiping. It’s not about the day, it’s about how we fill it.

The Sabbath teaches us to be satisfied with enough. We don’t always have to be creating and building. Sometimes we need to shut off the motor, so we can breathe and relax. Psalm 17 ends with these words:

But because I have done what is right, I will see you. When I awake, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face to face.

In the Sabbath, we can experience the rest of God and enjoy relationship with Him, not because of something we produce, but just by being His child. He came to preach and heal, but mainly He came to restore our relationship to Him.

Healthy people don’t need a doctor- sick people do. I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough.


~ by mikefoster on January 25, 2016.

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