Posts Tagged ‘Mark’


Mark 3:1-6
Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

This morning, I read through the chapter several times wondering what passage I should write on because I was hoping for words of encouragement as many of us need it but this was the portion that stood out because it again showed our sinfulness. One of the tragedies of life is that regardless of how hard we try, our sinfulness comes in the way of everything we do and say. For those who feel otherwise, we are reminded time and time again in the word about this and it is a reality we deal with regardless of if we are saved or not. We always think about ourselves and our needs first before we think of anybody else and lastly about God. We cater to our own needs and work in our own dimension and this puts a skew on life.

In today’s passage, what Jesus did for the man was life altering and no human could ever do that, whether the world’s best doctor or magician. However, the hardhearted people of the time were not looking at the blessing from Jesus in the crippled man’s life and rather were focussing on the right and wrong of it. Are we the same? Do we judge with biased eyes? What blessing is this to our fellow humans? I am encouraged today to look at the suffering of people around us and pray healing and blessing in their lives and not judgement about what they did wrong and how they need to fix their issues. God through his spirit will convict and correct them but our duty is to invite God into the lives of the broken.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

Solitude Mountain


Mark 2:1-5
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

As some of you may or may not know, I am in between jobs as we moved 16 weeks back from Dubai here to Vancouver and this was a move in faith where we followed God’s leading. In the last few months, I have been looking for work and it’s been a long but blessed journey as I see doors close and new ones open. Through all of this, we have been praying for God’s leading and his discernment in this area and yesterday was a low in the process as I lost an opportunity to a better candidate after many rounds of interviews. As you can expect, our first thoughts were to feel bitter and shaken by this but as we spent time in God’s word and in prayer, we found the Lord speaking to us through Isaiah 40 where we are reminded to ‘Wait on the Lord’ and that we are doing.

Today’s passage spoke to my heart because it reminded me that we need to seek God regardless of our challenges. Can you picture the impossibility of how these 4 people who were carrying the paralytic man could get him across to Jesus? The fact that the place was full and they could not get Jesus’ attention in the normal way did not deter them from getting Jesus to heal the paralytic. They struggled to make a hole in the roof and bring the man before Jesus and this was what moved Jesus to heal the man because of their faith. Today I am reminded that we need to pour out our needs before God regardless of the challenges that are before us and he will bless us in his time. The paralysis was permitted in the man for God’s act of healing as is every issue and challenge in our lives. We are called to pour out our issues before God and ask in faith but we can only do that if we willing to be shameless and willing to show our brokenness. Are you? I certainly am and I know that our Jehovah Jireh will change my struggle to a blessing in his time.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

The Needy Man


Mark 1:35-39
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

After studying the gospel of Matthew, we now begin a new journey through the gospel of Mark. As I read the chapter, I noticed that Mark has a very concise style of writing and seems to include a lot in little space, something that I should probably be doing 🙂 What seemed amazing to me today is to note that Jesus, even though the Son of God, always sought the Lord God in prayer in a quiet and solitary place. Jesus with all his wisdom, abilities to heal, bless and transform people spent time with his father in prayer and that made me ask what that meant for us?

I believe we are seekers because we are constantly looking for something. When we are happy, we seek to keep things that way so as not to loose our happiness, and when we are down, we seek a way back to happiness. Some of us know the Lord and therefore seek his help to resolve our issues and bring us back to a place of comfort but this may not be the same when we are happy. Jesus during his ministry constantly sought the father whether in times of achievement or brokenness. Even though he was God’s own son and had all the power and authority in heaven, he still acknowledged his father in all things and this is something we need to do too. Do you have a quiet time with the Lord daily and do you share your joys and sorrows with him? He seeks to have a relationship with us and calls us with open arms.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

 

A Quiet Place