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Our second topic was demonstration, because in the scenes that are provided here by Mark we are exposed to some of the demonstrative power and purpose of Jesus. This is the point that I want us to consider to begin with this morning.
What is the most important commandment?
In examining this day in the life of Jesus, which is actually a Sabbath day, we see three prevailing themes. The first is confrontation. The second is demonstration and the third is explanation.
This section is probably fairly familiar to many of you, but may be new to some of our listeners, so I want to focus just on two aspects of it today. First of all, the message, which Jesus proclaims, and then the mission on which Jesus embarks.
Reflect on and consider the power of God
We are in week two of our winter sermon series, “Become Disciples.” Last week we emphasized that our phrase is “become disciples.” We are seeking personal transformation as we become disciples of Jesus... This weekend we focus on the part of becoming disciples that includes discovering God’s calling and purpose for our lives.
Football is on lots of people’s minds today and no doubt a number of us will be racing home to see how the Seahawks are doing against the Atlanta Falcons. Imagine what it would be like if we were watching a football game in which half of the players were invisible. All of a sudden a guy would fall down but we couldn’t see why. The ball would go flying but for no visible reason. Imagine how confusing it would be and hard to figure out or explain. As Christians we have to have a worldview that understands that in history and in our own lives some of the players are invisible. We have to understand that the dominate force in history and in our lives is God and that there are other invisible spiritual forces at work as well. We live too many of our days as practical atheists, never considering that there are invisible forces at work, that God is up to things we can’t see or imagine. We just see the earthly or human, the visible side of things. We see the politics, we see the business decisions, we see the cultural forces and the natural phenomena, but what we don’t see is how God is moving and directing and causing and effecting. Jesus’ incarnation should wake us up to the vast possibilities of how the divine is intertwined with humanity, of how the invisible can invade the visible. There are things going on that are way beyond our finite minds. The followers of Jesus then and today must learn this lesson that the Kingdom of God is far bigger than our own little experience of it and God is doing things and using means, even outsiders, for His purposes and His glory. If we are going to be wise Christians we have to become more mindful of the kind of world we live in. Presumptuousness, jealousy, narrow-mindedness will blind us to much bigger possibilities. If you think you have God’s ways or reasons figured out, you are in for a surprise.