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Mark 3:7-12

February 2, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Jesus went out to the lake with his disciples, and a large crowd followed him. They came from all over Galilee, Judea, 8 Jerusalem, Idumea, from east of the Jordan River, and even from as far north as Tyre and Sidon. The news about his miracles had spread far and wide, and vast numbers of people came to see him.” v.7-8 (NLT)

Jesus always drew a crowd! However, not all the people in the crowd would commit to the things he would say, do, or teach.  In fact this crowd was a diverse crowd.  It included …

The Saints – These were the religious leaders of the day.  They were a holier than tho group that didn’t feel like they need a savior because the were pretty good at keeping most of the law.  In fact, most of them rejected Jesus teachings and looked for way to oppose Him.  However, it didn’t stop them for wanting to be where Jesus was.

The Skeptics – These were people who had heard about Jesus, but had a lot of questions.  They wanted to see with their own eyes the things they were hearing so they could make an opinion on their own about who He really was.  Many of them watched from a distance but never applied the things they heard or saw.  They didn’t totally buy into His life and teachings.

The Sinners – These were the people who had heard, and believed Jesus was who He said He was, and He could, and would, do the things He said He would do.  These people understood who they were, and how much they needed Him.  They took the things they saw and heard to heart.  They had experienced Jesus and wanted others to experience Him also, so they began telling other about Him.

Let’s face it, every crowd is made up of different people.  They may look the same on the outside, but what’s going on on the inside can be much different.  Each person has to decide how they respond to Jesus, some will respond in a prideful way, like the saints, and see no need for God, others will not respond at all and stay skeptical, while some will admit who they are and trade that for WHO HE is and what He has done to restore us to God.

Today, which face are you?  Are you a saint, a skeptic, or a sinner?

Prayer: Father, help us realize and admit that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Show us the areas that we are prideful and skeptical.  Grow our faith so we can trust you with everything, not just the easy things that don’t require faith, but the hard things that cause us to question.

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