Wow!

Readings Mark 2

In a few years these things will probably be a rare sight, and people will say, “Wow, I never saw anything like that before.”  Times are changing quickly, and common sights will become not so common.  One thing about Jesus, is that He will never become “obsolete”, even though we might sometimes treat Him that way.

Mark 2:8-12 (NIV)
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” He said to the paralytic,
11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Dear family,

“Wow, I never saw anything like that before!”  How many times have you said that before in your life?

It may have been said in so many different type of settings.

A modified car, a new house with special features, a fancy meal, a beautiful mountain scene, some poorly thought out action, an explosion, a ………………….

Seems like we are always looking for something new.  Don’t worry, I am not going to say that is a bad thing!  Discovering new things is a great thing to desire.  We have so much to learn, and so many experiences to enjoy.

One thing we must keep in perspective, which I can sometimes put aside with my flesh, my old self.  In all our yearning for new discoveries, we must keep seeking after Jesus first.  There is no one, or no thing greater to pursue after.  There is no end to what we can learn of, and enjoy with Him.

As the people in Mark 2 responded to Jesus, we see them say, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Jesus had just healed the paralyzed man, but more importantly He forgave the man’s sins.  In being God, He was able to do both!

In life we often look to others to fulfill us in life.  God did design us with needs and desires, and many are only met in the people and world around us.

Yet our deepest need is only met in Christ!  His grace is the only thing that is sufficient.  Only He can satisfy completely in what is central to my existence.  Only Jesus can forgive my sin, and set me free!

As you experience new things today, may Jesus be on top of your and my “to do” list.

How can you keep from straying and seeking other things of lesser or no value?

Hide God’s Word in your heart!  Please do it today, and continue to.  When I fall away from that, it seems that is when I fall away from my pursuit of Him, and my flesh rears it’s ugly self.

Memorize a verse today.  Maybe,  Mark 2:12 (NIV)
12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Then meditate on the One this verse is about, and realize that you and I will never see anyone greater than this.  He is the head of all things.

Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Praise God, He has revealed His Son to us!

Enjoy Jesus today,

Steve

 

Something more to “Wow” about.

 

Titus 3:3-8 (NIV)
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

 

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