2021_05_03 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Mark 3-4
Throughout history, we see the impact of power. Merriam-Webster defines power as “possession of control, authority, or influence over others.” Power can and has been used as a force for both good and evil in our world. Power can be intoxicating. In Mark 3, we see two powerful but often opposing forces in Jesus’ time coming together to conspire against Him: religion and politics. Religion and politics have never been good bedfellows.
We find Jesus once again in the synagogue, there He notices a man with a deformed hand (some translations say “withered hand”). It was the Sabbath, and Mark 3 tells us that Jesus’ enemies, who were the religious leaders, were watching Him, seeing if He would break their Sabbath law. Isn’t it ironic that a day that God gave us to rest and reflect on His goodness toward us would be used in this way by the very ones who were supposed to teach the people Sabbath’s true meaning?
Jesus challenges the people by asking which should be done on the Sabbath, good or evil. I think He’s making a statement by asking this, highlighting the evil in the hearts and actions of the religious leaders. Jesus heals the man, and instead of marveling at this incredible miracle, the Pharisees went out to meet with the Herodians (political supporters of Herod) to plot Jesus’ death. See, Jesus was a political and a religious threat.
Jesus came as our liberator, freeing us from the power of sin in our lives and, ultimately, the power of others around us. By following Him, our allegiance and citizenship change as we become part of the Kingdom of God here on earth. Every single aspect of our lives should now be viewed through that lens, for we are no longer our own but have been bought at a price (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The price that purchased us was Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In light of this passage, I’m asking myself, where does “power” stand in the way of me seeing Jesus? Are my beliefs in people and platforms greater than my faith and trust in Jesus? Is there anything in my life that is more valuable to me than being His daughter?
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