I don’t want us to miss the good news. Scripture is so rich due to its Divine origin that there are multiple ways to look at the same passage and keep extracting real value for our lives. This past Sunday we unpacked Mark 2 and the beginning of chapter 3. We were mainly drawn to the challenges it presents to us as individual Christians and as a spiritual community, to prioritize the “sick”, those who are the “sinners” and thus feel far from God. We try to do this in all kinds of ways at Hope: from the way we do our services, to the “events” we plan so you can invite your “far from God friends” and hopefully have a spiritual conversation with them. Even our social media postings are designed for you to share with the intent of them serving as a catalyst for such a spiritual conversation with your network.
But as appropriate and necessary as that is, I don’t want us to miss out on the good news inherent in the teachings and experiences of Christ of Mark 2. Let’s consider these:
– “But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” (2:10)
– “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners”. (2:17)
– “Follow Me”. (2:14)
– “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath”. (2:27)
So, what’s the good news? When you put these all together here is what you get. Jesus came for people just like you and I…sinners, those who are sick spiritually and far from God. Not only that, He is fully capable and eager to do what we need most…grant forgiveness, which brings healing, freeing us from our past so we can get up, walk, and carry out our mat as we go. He can turn us into the “new wineskin” competent to hold the new wine He turns us into by His grace. But more than that, He wants us to stay close. He specifically asks each of us to “hang” with Him, to be a part of the circle that follows Him. But there is still more. Symbolized in His statement that the Sabbath was made for man, we see that everything He asks us “to do” is for our benefit…a gift if you will. The “rules” aren’t a fence to keep us confined but “landing lights” that guide us to the perfect landing in the center of God’s best.
Don’t miss the good news. He came for you. He is still here for you. Share that with others you know who are far from God.
See you Sunday as we hear more good news. I look forward to meeting the friends you bring with you.