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Where They Come From.

May 31, 2012

Not too long ago, a friend of mine told me about a particular song that he thought I would appreciate.  And listen, it wasn’t like he made a special trip over to the house, or even called me up out of the blue to convince me to listen to the song.  It was just in the course of a conversation…sort of an “oh, thought you might like this” type of deal.  He heard it, he told me about it, and I listened to it.

If you’ll take just a moment…and I really hope you will…read through Mark 3:7-19.

If you are tracking through the Gospel of Mark, it is at this point that things begin to really ramp up in the ministry of Jesus.  Because we see, right here is verse 7 that Jesus is withdrawing with his boys, and it says, “a great crowd followed him.”  And if you look at the list of locations where the people are coming from…it’s extensive.  We have people from far reaches beginning to seek him out.  They’re coming to him.  And further, they’re coming with expectations.  Based on verses 9-10, this crowd, who was crowding in around him to the point that his physical well-being was becoming a concern, were there, not just to see him, but to “touch him.”

They’re coming to be healed.  They’re coming to have tangible needs ministered to.  They’re coming because they’re heard that this guy…whoever he is at this point…can help them.  So we have to get past the idea that they were seeking the Messiah…at this point, they just want to be made well.  They are dealing with pains, and illnesses, and they are hoping that this man…this Jesus of Nazareth…this son of a carpenter…can heal them.

And they are coming because someone told them about him.  They’re coming because someone said to them, “You’ve got to see this guy.”  How else would you begin to explain it?  There’s no evening news.  Twitter isn’t blowing up with people “following” him.  It’s simple; people telling people.  Just like a friend recommending a song.  Just like a friend telling you that you would enjoy this movie, or this restaurant, or this website.  People began to tell people…and in a shocking turn of events…those people listened.  And for them, Jesus became their Savior.

We also see another group interact with him.  In verse 11 we see “unclean spirits” crying out, “You are the Son of God.”  Now, this isn’t a profession of faith in Christ.  This is a cry of despair.  You see, for them, Jesus is not the Savior, but the destroyer.  And this is the same for you and I.  He is either Savior, or destroyer.  We come to him broken.  We come to him messy.  Jesus sets up shop in the chaos of the mob and beckons us to come to him.  And in that mess, he restores, he redeems, and he reconciles us to the Father.  He is the Savior.  But for the wicked…for the wicked he is the destroyer.  So in Revelation 21:5, when we see Jesus sitting on the throne saying, “Behold, I am making all things new,” he is restoring all things to the “very good” of Genesis 1.  He begins with his people.  And it’s through his people that reconciliation is ushered in.  But his people, like those in Mark 3, have to tell others about him.  And why wouldn’t we?  There isn’t a better song to be sung than life in Christ.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. jordan permalink
    May 31, 2012 5:29 pm

    I never thought of it like that, that’s so simple but so profound

    • June 1, 2012 10:45 am

      We tend to complicate the mess out of this.

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