About Jesus – either, “He’s out of his mind,” (Mark 3:21) or, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons…”(Mark 3:22). Or perhaps he is who he says he is.

Thought:

Jesus was clearly an extraordinary man. He healed everyone who came to him of whatever it was they suffered from. He performed many other miraculous signs like turning water into wine or walking on water or feeding thousands of people with one packed lunch. He spoke great truths about love and compassion and he spent his time with the outcasts of society.

To his family, he must have seemed insane because many of his actions and statements were likely to get him arrested and executed, they too could have suffered because of him. To the religious establishment whom he embarrassed, he was a problem and a threat. They would understandably have thought of him as evil. But what about here and now? As neither his family or the threatened establishment, what do you think Jesus actually is?

Word:

Mark 3:20-27 NLT

One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said. But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.” Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive. Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

Goal:

The issue of who Jesus was/is has always been one of the cornerstones of Faith. But it has never been required to be blind faith. It is possible and I would say, preferable, to ponder the question of who Jesus really was. In fact it is my goal to keep thinking about it. Personally, having thought about it, I am convinced about who Jesus is. But I will keep on thinking about why I am so convinced.

Today’s readings:

Leviticus 6:1-7:27, Mark 3:7-30, Psalms 37:1-11, Proverbs 10:3-4

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