Today in our daily readings with Mark, we look at Mark 3:7-11, entitled A Multitude at the Seaside and Jesus Appoints the Twelve:
A Multitude at the Seaside
7 Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; 8 hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. 9 He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; 10 for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. 11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!”
In these this passage, we people drawn to Jesus. And you know who they were? Everyone? All types of people were drawn to Jesus. We see in the first section we see where people came to Jesus from. Everywhere. Judea, Jerusalem, across the Jordan, everywhere. People came to hear Jesus from everywhere.
And here’s the thing about that, coming to Galilee to hear Jesus was not an easy thing to do. It wasn’t easy to get there, people had responsibilities and jobs to do and there weren’t just able to take off and go off to hear Him. And above all that, who wants to go up to Galilee? People were used to going to Jerusalem to the Temple. They were used to and accustomed to that.
But to Galilee? That’s beneath so many of them. Nope. No reason I’d do that. Not gonna happen.
Except there was a reason. And that reason was Jesus. They needed healing and life. And Jesus had that. And they were willing to go wherever they needed to go to find that healing and life. They were attracted to Jesus.
And I think there are two major things we need to be aware of in this.
First, are we drawn to Him in that same way? They knew that Jesus was the hope that they need for their life. And so they came to Him, from near and far, seeking that hope, seeking that life. What about us in our lives? Do we know, do we truly know, that Jesus is that hope in our lives? And are we willing to do what we must to be in relationship with Him?
Now, for us, that may not mean traveling across America. It may mean waking up a little early to pray. It may mean inconveniencing ourselves in some way to seek Him. It may me changing some things in our lives to know Him better. The people in the text came from near and far and went through much to know Jesus. How about us?
And second, see how people are always attracted to Jesus. That’s one of the things that I always notice in scripture, people that don’t know Jesus are attracted to Jesus. Are others drawn to Him through us? As His Body, here on the earth, as those that have indwelling of the Holy Spirit, are people wanting to meet Jesus because of us.
That doesn’t mean that we are perfect, it means that we are different.
Today, do we desire to truly know Jesus? And do others desire to know Jesus because of us?
Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 3:13-19.
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