The reading for today is Mark 3: 7-12
7 Jesus went out to the lake with his disciples, and a large crowd followed him. They came from all over Galilee, Judea, 8 Jerusalem, Idumea, from east of the Jordan River, and even from as far north as Tyre and Sidon. The news about his miracles had spread far and wide, and vast numbers of people came to see him. 9 Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him. 10 He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him. 11 And whenever those possessed by evil[a] spirits caught sight of him, the spirits would throw them to the ground in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!” 12 But Jesus sternly commanded the spirits not to reveal who he was.
We have recently experienced the danger crowds can present. Emotions run high and people can react to either calm or violence depending on the vibe. The crowds at the White House last month quickly turned violent as people were becoming angry, looking for answers, wanting their chosen President to prevail.
This day at the lake in Galilee, people were desperate to see Jesus. They came from all over the region, and for out of need of healing, or viewing this miracle worker, or believing He was the chosen Messiah (King) coming to overthrow the Roman government. Jesus did not want his identity revealed. He felt that the crowd would continue to grow. He was not the Messiah the huge crowds were looking for, He was in Christ’s Kingdom, overthrowing sin in people, not the government.
Heavenly Father, as we enter this year with new government leaders upon us, and facing the turmoil in our world, help us to look upward, towards You for peace and understanding. Prepare our hearts with love and kindness for one another. Help us to choose the crowds that follow Jesus as our true Messiah. Amen
Ann Byrum Groomes firstname.lastname@example.org
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