Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Gospel of Restoration

The gospel of Mark relates the story of a Sabbath in Jesus life, early in his ministry, when he preforms two miracles of healing. Everyone in town hears about them and bring their sick to be healed as well. Jesus seems to have stumbled upon a ministry, something that would help the people right now, a work that would be of value. But, instead of capitalizing on his powers as a healer, he walks away to the disappointment and surprise of his disciples.

Jesus heals Simon's mother-in-law. Orthodox icon.
Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law. Orthodox icon.
It is an interesting and revealing story. Jesus sees his purpose as preaching the gospel and will not be tempted to abandon that purpose to do what would be easy, expedient. Instead he picks up and goes on to other villages to preach.

What is our purpose? Are we focused on it? Does it influence all of our decisions personally and as the body of Christ in the world?

This week we will try to wrestle with some of those questions in light of Jesus example.