Festival of Healing – Good News for January 20

20 01 2011

Mark 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.

He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.





Crushingly Popular – Good News for January 21

21 01 2010

Mark 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.

He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.

The Daily Path: He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.

I somewhat reluctantly draw the comparison between what Jesus experienced and the mobs faced by early rock and roll stars, like Elvis and the Beatles. Reluctantly for two reasons: 1) Because there is no real comparison other than the crowds of followers that would do anything to get close; and, 2) The statement John Lennon made about the Beatles being “more popular than Jesus”.

All that aside, both Elvis and the Beatles were met with screaming fans, before after and during their performances. Apparently Jesus had a lot of screaming among his followers, too, but this was from the pharisees and all those unclean spirits being driven from the individuals whose bodies they occupied. And, like the musical celebrities, Jesus had to take precautions to escape being crushed by those who wanted a closer experience with Him.

I suppose the desire to get so near our heroes is just human nature. But what if those who craved to be close to Jesus had done so in the spirit? They could have gathered a thousand deep, with those in the back row equally close as those in the front row. No screaming needed. Only quiet of mind and heart would have been required to hear Jesus and draw close. Come to think of it… isn’t that all we need do today to be near Him?

By the way, where is Idumea? Sounds like something I once contracted as a lad.