Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lenten Reading Mark 7: 31-37

Mark 7: 31-37

Again, Jesus didn’t want people to know about the miracles he was performing. You’d think he’d catch on; the more he demanded his miracles be kept secret, the more people wanted to tell everyone what they’d seen.

I think Jesus didn’t want people to know that he was a miracle-worker because he didn’t want to become a circus freak. He wanted to point people to God, not to the cool tricks he could perform. Jesus wanted to show people how much God loved them, not that God can and does change the laws of nature on a whim.

He was afraid that people would focus on the wrong things. And it turns out, he was right.

For many Christians, God becomes an errand-boy, sent off to fetch anything their consumerist mindset demands; that God’s only job is to make us healthy, safe, and self-satisfied. God’s job is to meet our selfish needs.

But, in Mark, Jesus’ job is to save us - and the world - from our sins, to re-start creation, to free people from their bondage so they can live more fully in service to God and neighbour.

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