Don't miss what Jesus is doing in your midst
Mark wrote a Gospel about the life and ministry of Jesus for a primarily Gentile audience, probably from Rome. This section of verses describes how Jesus had to enter into a boat because of the magnitude of the crowd. Mark described how crowds came from not only Galilee but from areas throughout Palestine and Syria to see Jesus because of the healings. Although the people misunderstood Jesus' mission, they knew He was sent by God. This is in stark contrast to the religious leaders, who were too spiritually blind to see. Even the demons recognized how special Jesus was. But they also misunderstood Jesus' mission as was demonstrated by the legion of demons at Geresenes that thought Jesus was going to send them to the abyss (Luke 8:31).
Human thoughts are opposed to what Jesus is doing in the world. The enemy and his minions also oppose the will of Jesus. So it is up to the body of Christ to discern and act in love. It is too easy for us to fall back on our understandings and be comfortable in our walk with Jesus. We too can fall into the trap of complacency and have a sense of entitlement like the Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, and Herodians had.
We were created for a purpose, for action. We need to spend time actively seeking God's will for us in prayer and meditation. Otherwise, we too can miss what Jesus is doing in our midst and opportunities to cooperate with Him in His work.
Donald English, The Message of Mark: The Mystery of Faith, The Bible Speaks Today, ed. John R. W. Stott (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1992), 82.
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