Monday, October 19, 2015

Out of Your Mind? - Mark 3:20-30 Post 2

Your family (wherever they are, whoever it includes) heard about this...(Mark 3:21)

...was it the large crowd following You around (Mark 3:20)...or the fact that You were teaching and healing and casting out demons (Mark 3:22, Mark 3:7-11)...or was it the part about not being able to eat (Mark 3:20)...that prompted them to say You had lost Your mind and to set out to take charge of You (Mark 3:21)?  

Maybe they're concerned for the family reputation.
Maybe they're concerned for Your reputation. 
Maybe they think You're out of Your mind for having such a ministry at all.
Maybe they just want You to give up Your crazy ministry and come home and be "normal."  

Maybe they just wanted to see to it that You ate. 
Was saying You were crazy a response to You not taking care of Yourself as they thought You should?  You were dealing with crowds of people all day, wearing Yourself out, not eating.  

I can easily picture a mom swooping in and taking charge, saying "We've got to make sure he eats."  I would with my own children.  And while I'm taking charge (care) of my children my mom would sweep in and take charge (care) of me. 

Maybe Mary just wanted You to come home for dinner.

It would be hard to blame them for wanting You to be a normal member of the family, to be around, to be at the dinner table. 

Except You weren't a normal member of the family.   From the very beginning nothing about You was "normal."

I feel sorry for them.  

I feel sorry for them because maybe what they wanted was normal.  
And I feel sorry for them because even so, it still seems to be evidence that they don't "get" You.  Family or not.  

Because, what a thing for them to say, that You, Jesus, are out of Your mind! 
Who are these people?
Your own family members - who should have known You - but were somehow missing You...

All these years with You - do they not know about Your compassion for people?

Your love for people?

Did Your mother not remember those things that she had treasured in her heart? (Luke 2:19) (Luke 2:51)

Did she forget the angel Gabriel appeared to her?  Did she forget his words that God would give You the throne of David and Your kingdom would never end?  Did she forget that Gabriel referred to You as the holy one?  That he said You would be called the Son of God? (Luke 1:26-38)

Did they forget Elizabeth and John?(Luke 1,3)
The shepherds? (Luke 2:8-20)
Simeon in the temple? (Luke 2:25-35)
Anna? (Luke 2:36-38)
The sword that would pierce Mary's heart? (Luke 2:35)

Did they forget Joseph's dream (Matt. 1:20-21) and that You were from the beginning meant to save Your people from their sins? 

Did they forget the Magi who came looking for the King and found him when they found You? (Matt. 2:1-12).

Surely if they don't understand the part about You being the Son of God and saving the world, surely they understood the King part  - even if not completely.

But they are coming to take charge of You - so it seems they don't get that either. (Can one take charge of a King?)

And I wonder how people so close to You could miss You so completely. 

But then I remember how much more I know and understand about You than they did at that time...
How much more there is for me to remember...
and how much still I forget...
how often I fail to understand...
How hard it is when I have certain expectations about the way things should be - the way I think they should be - the way I want them to be - and You just aren't doing things that way.

Your ways are not our ways.  And even those closest to You still sometimes have a hard time understanding You.

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