When an ambassador comes to a country, the person is so respected that it’s as though the President, King or Queen of the country is present. When the ambassador speaks, the ruler speaks. St. Mark tells about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, each verse like a karate chop to describe the arrival of divine power into human lives. Jesus brings the full power of God in his teaching and in the miracles that begin to flow from him.
The first miracle is Jesus casting out an unclean spirit, sometimes called a demon. The unclean spirit cannot hang around where God’s power breaks in. Jesus does this on the Sabbath when no work is allowed. The religious leaders are angry at Jesus for doing this. Imagine: calling healing, “work” and thus failing to rejoice in the power of God’s love!
Stand with the crowd in the synagogue and watch Jesus bring God’s power and love.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
In this year B in the three-year cycle, we read the Gospel of Mark.
In the season Epiphany, we read the first three chapters.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick