Today you should read: Mark 3:1-19
The Jewish religious leaders were always out to get Jesus. They tried numerous ploys to entrap Him with His actions or words. This time they slipped to an all time low – try and trap Him through healing a handicapped man.
This man had a “withered hand” – it was undoubtedly the result of injury or disease. He was disabled – unable to work productively – forced to beg or die – and Jesus healed him! Jesus changed his life forever. This really angered the Pharisees. They were more concerned with their agenda than they were about this man’s life.
How often is this our case, too? We are more concerned with the things we have to do, what we want, or even “our ministry” – more concerned than we are about a life. Every life matters to Jesus!
It always amazes me, that in a culture that doubted whether Jesus was (even though they had seen the miracle and seen His power) – the demons knew! Verse 11 tells us that they said – “You ARE the Son of God.” This fact alone established Jesus’ validity.
Verses 13-19 are some of the most critical in the New Testament – the 12 were selected. Many scholars believe that, up until this point, there were hundreds of disciples following Jesus. Now, Jesus selects the motley crew that He would invest the next 1 ½ years in. They would become the ones to take the gospel to the nations.
What can I meditate on today?
– Am I so concerned with my busyness and agenda that I miss those individuals around me who are need? Who are they in your world? What will you do today to invest in them?
– Jesus chose me! He’s hand-selected me to be on HIS team and take the message of the cross to people around me. What’s it like to be THAT important? What are we doing to fulfill the mission?
Posted by: Tim Parsons