2021_06_28 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Mark 16
Verse one of Mark 16 begins with these words, “When the Sabbath was over….” In reading this week, I stopped, considering what this Sabbath was like for the women who were making their way to care for Jesus’ body. What about the Disciples? Did they hold with tradition and celebrate their beautiful Sabbath meal, or were they too overwhelmed by their grief? Did the priests, their hands stained with the blood of the Son of God, go about their normal Sabbath? The Sabbath is traditionally celebrated from sundown on Friday, which would have been the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, to sunset on Saturday. My heart feels heavy as I think of what these people must have been feeling.
Let’s look for a minute at Mark 16:2-3: 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” The women had no idea that Jesus had been resurrected. They fully expected to find His body and were wondering how they could get to Him. We obviously have the benefit of hindsight, but even though Jesus told them what was coming, none of them expected it. It makes me wonder how much of Jesus’ instructions and warnings I’ve missed or not taken literally. A couple of possibilities immediately come to mind.
What about this one: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8. There are no qualifiers or wiggle room in this verse. I’m supposed to love as evidence that I know the God who defines Himself as love. I don’t get to choose who I love or don’t love, I’m just supposed to love. It also doesn’t say “love people who love you” or even “love those who are nice to you.” I wish it did because loving people can be really challenging.
And then there’s this one: 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32. I don’t get to determine or choose “my truth”; it’s been defined for me. But, as follower of Jesus, my truth must be filtered through and align with His teaching, or it’s not the truth. Just because I want it to be truth, is it? Truth is not always comfortable, and I like to be comfortable.
I’m so grateful that I serve a God that loves me so much and convicts me about my heart. Holding to His teaching as John 8 says is not easy – I think that’s why one of the roles of the Holy Spirit is Comforter. 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
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