April 9th, 2018 — IGNITE

Sometimes it’s very easy to read the Bible and pull out a verse here and there because it makes sense in our lives at the given moment. The other verses kind of drift off in the background. They’re important, but not as effective.

As I was reading my scheduled Bible reading today I ran across these words that jumped right off the page at me…

“And 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 3:21

Now I know that’s so totally taken out of context, that it doesn’t even really make sense, so let me draw a picture for you. Jesus had been out teaching, preaching and healing people. Scores of people were following Him everywhere He went. It was almost obnoxious. But Jesus was doing what He came to do.

At this point in time He actually came back to His home town and as He did the people all came with Him. The Bible tells us there were so many people and they wanted so much of Jesus time that “they could not even eat a meal.” (Mark 3:20)

His family members thought Jesus was going crazy. If you keep reading, you’ll find the religious people starting saying Jesus was bad, he was an imposter, and evidently he was full of the devil. There also were the multitudes of people who were believing. They listened to Jesus. They obeyed Jesus. They loved Jesus. They made Him the center of their lives and became His spiritual family. They believed He was God in the flesh.

Which lead me to think… where does Jesus stand in our lives? There are many who think Jesus and His followers are nuts. They’ve lost their minds to give up everything and follow this co-called Savior of the world.

Then there are those think Jesus is just like any other religious figure out there and people are so gullible to follow them. They are a menace to society because people can’t think for themselves and lead productive lives on their own. They give following Jesus a cult-like appearance.

Then there are those whose lives have been touched like never before by Jesus. They have responded by following Him, not because He’s a mesmerizing, charismatic preacher… not because He’s trendy… not because He deceiving, but because He is believable and He is the Son of God.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Which one is it? Where do you stand with Jesus today? Is He just another religious nut? Is He just a deceiver like so many others who have come and gone? Or is He who He said He was and is – the Savior of the world? Your Savior and mine!

Help me see that Jesus is not out of His mind and He’s not a liar who serves the devil. Help me to do Your will and make Jesus the center of my life. It’s in His name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen