Friday, February 23
Day 9—Read Mark 3
“And they watched Jesus…” – Mark 3:2
Tension. Do you hear it? Do you see it? Do you feel it?
The controversy surrounding Jesus’ words and work came early in his “public ministry”. The rapport and popularity of His teachings and miracles had already made Him the region’s number one person of interest. He was found and followed by people everywhere, as Mark’s gospel emphasizes, not once, but twice in this chapter (verses 8-9 & 20).
But who was it they were following? They knew what He did – great miracles, great teaching, and confrontation of the status quo – but did they know who He was?
What the religious elite did know was their place in society was not only being threatened, it was brazenly under attack. Jesus was destroying the traditional understanding of how one was to live, not by redefining what we do and don’t do, but redefining who we follow, who we revere, who has our allegiance.
And if there was any doubt, well, it’s no mistake the writer of Mark’s gospel also included this scene in verses 31-35:
Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my
brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
This Lenten season, you may have made a commitment to abstain from something you do, something that distracts you from following Jesus more closely. As you move through the next 40 days, pray for God’s Spirit to dwell and move in you, to focus not on what you’re missing, but on who you’re seeing more clearly. He calls you to follow His person, so you might be filled with His purpose.