Monday, January 11, 2016

What's Wrong With These People? - Mark 3:20-30 Post 6

What's Wrong With These People? - Mark 3:20-30 Post 6 (sand castle picture)
You've set someone free from a demon, and the teachers wave it off.  They come up with their own convenient explanation: You Yourself are possessed.  The prince of demons is helping You drive out demons (Mark 3:22, Matt. 12:22-24). 

What is with these people?  
A miracle happens, in front of their eyes.  A man's life is whole again. 
Don't they want the hope this brings? 
Don't they have a relative or friend or acquaintance they should be longing to bring before You - to be healed by You?  To be set free? 

Why could their hearts not leap for joy when they saw the miracle? 

But not only do their hearts not leap for joy, but they have to look for the most pessimistic of all pessimistic reasons.  (And also, according to You, one that isn't logical.)

What happens inside people that they can so callously wave off the good?

I know.  They have their own agenda, and You don't fit into it.  They've built themselves a mini (pseudo) kingdom, and You don't respect it - You're threatening to topple it...
and they hate You for it.   

What they've built up their whole lives, 
what they've built their whole lives ON
is being threatened.

It's scary, yes, but it's not an excuse.

You threatened everything Matthew built his life on when You walked up to his booth that day.  If he had been listening to You before that - and he probably had - then the foundations had already been cracked and shifted when You walked up - and I can picture You putting a hand on one of the towers of his castle, beginning to rock it back and forth.  

He let it all crash down behind him as he walked away from his booth to follow You.

But the teachers of the law - most of them weren't willing to see their kingdom fall.  

You've shown them their kingdom is flimsy.  
You've shown them their foundation is worthless - built on sand. (Matt. 7:24-27)
You've shown them the way of love (Mark 2:1-12, 2:13-17, 3:4).
You've shown them Your authority

And they hate You for it. 
(You don't plot to kill someone if You don't hate them.)
They are frantically trying to prop up their own castle, trying to shore up the foundation, clinging to their flimsy and worthless kingdom, but it's all in vain.

And they will not see.  Instead of turning to the one who could give them everything, they turn and attack You.  They attack Your integrity.  They try to undermine others' hope in You.  And finally, they kill You, "destroying" Your threat to their "kingdom" that cannot stand anyway, "ridding themselves" of the one hope they truly had..."ridding themselves" of the One that we can never be rid of.  

And by doing so, opening the way for salvation for every man. 
Even theirs.

"By His wounds we are healed"(1 Pet. 2:24).  And so are they, if they would accept it, leave their piles of rocks, and enter Your kingdom. 
Where You are king. 

A kingdom always has a king.  
And a kingdom only has one king.

But we all want to be kings.  And that's why they accused You of driving out demons by Satan.  Because otherwise they'd have to consider the possibility that You are the King.  
I left my piles of rock for Your kingdom some years ago.  But I still find myself at times trying to throw together new ones.  Trying to set up an area of my life that isn't submitted to You - and to do that I have to sometimes explain away things that I don't want to look at very closely.

But why would I even want that?

All the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them -  ALL of them, EVERYTHING - except one thing.  Not believing the Holy Spirit's witness, testimony, whispering...about You. (Mark 3:28-29)

Because that is to prefer our own kingdom to Yours. 



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