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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

Antagonism. Admiration. Betrayal. Denial. These were all responses to Jesus on the eve of His suffering and death. 

Mark's gospel records that, "the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him" (Mark 14.1) Jealous hatred consumed those who felt threatened by Jesus. But, in sharp contrast, "there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head." (Mark 14.3)  Lavish love and devotion was a higher priority than fiscal responsibility with a costly possession. 

But, in even sharper contrast, "Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them." (Mark 14.10) One of the inner circle, who should have had the deepest love and appreciation, instead committed the most dastardly deed. 

Finally, there was Peter, who most emphatically declared his allegiance; to whom Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times." (Mark 14.30)

The hard-hearted religious leaders orchestrated the crime of the ages. A selfless woman's act of love is inseparably tied to the gospel message (Mark 14.9). The betrayer, seeing the outcome of his cold-blooded deed, committed suicide. The one who denied would later repent with deep remorse, and would eventually be restored.

These responses and reactions represent the range of responses to Jesus. So, the urgent question before each of us today is: What will YOU do with Jesus? 


Steve
┬ęSteve Taylor, 2016
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017

A man, desparate for help for his seriously ill son, implored, "if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" (Mark 9.22) 

His desperate plea was more last resort that resolute faith. Challenging his plea, Jesus replied, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9.23) The One before this man was well able to accomplish this miracle. If anything was lacking, it was faith on this man's part; to which he famously replied, "I do believe; help my unbelief." (Mark 9.24) In essence, "I have an imperfect faith, but I have faith nevertheless. Lead my faith to be true faith indeed." 

Faith opens up new vistas and possibilities. To begin to see with faith, even imperfect faith, is to launch into exciting new frontiers, as Hebrews 11 vividly recounts. 

While faith is the realm of possibilities, the burden of lingering illnesses and injuries does not fall on individual or collective lack of faith. Faith must exist for miracles and hearings to occur, but other circumstances sometimes override the faith factor. This side of the kingdom, mortality still reigns. Some sicknesses result in death; ultimate healing comes through resurrection. Grace is sufficient ... power is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12.9); God's glory is sometimes displayed through illness and injury instead of through the absence of such. But, there is not the slightest possibility of the miraculous, for His glory, in the absence of faith. Faith does not guarantee the miraculous, but rather sets the playing field where such things can occur.

Without faith, we cannot ever hope to please our Father (Hebrews 11.6). With faith, we become bold explorers and pioneers, venturing into new territory bristling with possibility. That's the adventure I hope we are eager for today - and every day.


Steve
┬ęSteve Taylor, 2016
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