Do you see that the Pharisees . . . They are about to cancel Jesus. They find the behavior of Jesus’ followers, and so really the behavior of Jesus, objectionable and offensive. They are about to cancel Jesus, and anyone who dares to ally themselves with Jesus. But Jesus is not about to roll over and let himself and his followers be cancelled by these Pharisees and scribes.
The disciples did not have to find Jesus in the storm. Instead, Jesus found them. This is incredibly comforting – when a storm rolls into your life, Jesus rolls in to help you in it. And Jesus is bigger than your storm. This storm was bigger than the disciples could handle, but Jesus was bigger […]
Mark 6 captures the origin of these two common sayings. The first is: A prophet is without honor in his . . . hometown. And the second is: Bring me his head on a . . . platter. A prophet without honor in his hometown . . . That’s a reference to Jesus’ reception, or […]
In today’s passages, Jesus will demonstrate his authority over human disease and death. Jesus is approached by a desperate father, whose little girl is dying: Jesus, will you please help me? Jesus agrees, and he is accompanying the father to his home, when their urgent trek is interrupted by Jesus healing a desperately ill woman.
Your fear will either crowd out your faith in Jesus, or your faith in Jesus will crowd out your fear. You can trust Jesus in your storm. He’s made a promise to get you through to the other side. His power is greater than the storm you fear. He’s gotten you through previous storms. He’s in […]
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus seems to be making a distinction. In the crowds Jesus is preaching to, there are people who have ears to hear, and there are people who have ears that don’t hear. There are people who are ready to receive and accept what Jesus has to tell them, and […]