The Invitation



Daily reading: Mark 6:1-13
Thursday February 4, 2016

Focus passage: He was unable to do any miracle there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them. Mark 6:5

Mark paints the picture that wherever Jesus goes, crowds follow.  In Mark chapter 1 verse 32 to 34 we read, “that evening, at sunset, people brought to Jesus those who were sick or demon-possessed.  The whole town gathered near the door.  He healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases, and he threw out many demons.”

Then in chapter 2 verses 1 and 2, “After a few days, Jesus went back to Capernaum, and people heard that he was at home.  So many gathered that there was no longer space, not even near the door.”

Then in chapter 3 verse 7 “Jesus left with his disciples and went to the lake.  A large crowd followed him because they heard what he was doing.”

The crowds get so large and so pressing in their need, that Jesus has to steal away to deserted places to have some down time.

All accounts are strikingly different from what happened in Nazareth, his hometown.

It is here that we see that the crowd’s reaction to Jesus does in some way hinder his ability to bring healing and restoration.  So what if Mark is inviting us to think about the role we play in God’s work in our world?
The gospel then as it has always been, is an invitation, to hear and to respond, to be open to a new experience.  How is God calling you to participate in the work of restoring our world today?

Prayer: God open me up to experience you in a new way today.  Amen.

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