Archive for April 30th, 2018

(Note: This is a guest post written by Erik.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Erik for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

20 And He *came home, and the crowd *gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal. 21 When His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.

–Mark 3:20-21 from the NASB

Once again we see a strange behavior of Jesus to serve his followers with the word of God, even to His own detriment. This is not the first time Jesus has skipped a meal in preference to feed His people the word of God and heal the sick. We see many other examples of this throughout his ministry. (Mark 1:45, Mark 3:7, Mark 6:31) This is in contrast to the Pharisees and scribes of the period who often sought their own glory and praise from men, without sacrificing anything themselves. (Matthew 23) How sad and ironic, the place where Jesus so often based his ministry here in Capernaum, near those who saw Him grow into a young man and knew his family, that his family (most likely his brothers sent by his mother) would call him crazy or out of his mind to the crowds to seize Him and do what they thought was best for Him. Jesus calls for a different standard, a standard even more important than food.


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