Friday, January 21, 2011

"Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him." - Mark 3:13

Can you imagine the crowd watching Jesus go up the mountain, turning around and then pointing to the ones he wanted?  I can just see Thomas with his right pointer finger pointed at his own chest with his head looking around from side to side and his inquisitive eyes asking, "Is he pointing at me?  I think he is.  Maybe I should go up there too?"  There goes Simon the Zealot, along with James and John (the Sons of Thunder) "Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war."  Peter is leading the way, but sheepishly, his head hung low as if he wants to hide behind every rock and crevice along the way.  As they walk along the trail Judas can't stop talking, the consummate politician - he's going to go far. 

Mark tells us that there mission was simple; proclaim the gospel and expel demons.  Fill the world with good news.  Bring peace to those who are troubled by sin and healing to those who are in pain.  Let the world know the mercy of God who calls us to salvation.

How do we walk up that mountain trail?  What questions do we ask?  What doubts fill our souls.  He's pointing at us, yes us.  Let's go to him.

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