Today, June 15 — Col. 1:1-4:18, Mark 1:1-9:37
It was great to get back to the Gospel letters today. I found that reading in Mark brought a renewed regard for Jesus, and a fresh sense of wonder at what he said, what he did, and most importantly, who he is.
Jesus’ story seems so compressed and action-packed in Mark. After spending the first 30 years of his life in relative obscurity, the carpenter from Nazareth erupts onto the scene. He preaches of the coming kingdom, confronts hypocritical religious leaders, heals the sick, subdues storms, and raises the dead. Jesus is utterly fearless in confronting demon-possessed men amongst tombs. He ministers to the “unclean” … those despised and marginalized by the culture of that day. He grants deliverance to the daughter of the Syrophonecian, and healing to a woman who suffered from bleeding for 12 years.
God used the Gospel of Mark to ignite a flame of worship in my heart this morning. It’s my prayer that the flame becomes a consuming fire in the days to come.
Tomorrow, June 16 — Mark 9:38-16:20; 1 Thess. 1:1-2:16