Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Num 1-2; Mark 3:1-19
7 Jesus left with his disciples and went to the lake. A large crowd followed him because they had heard what he was doing. They were from Galilee, 8 Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the area surrounding Tyre and Sidon. 9 Jesus told his disciples to get a small boat ready for him so the crowd wouldn’t crush him. 10 He had healed so many people that everyone who was sick pushed forward so that they could touch him. 11 Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down at his feet and shouted, “You are God’s Son!” 12 But he strictly ordered them not to reveal who he was (Mark 3:7-12, Common English Bible).
Have you ever noticed that when something happens, that hasn’t happened before, the crowds show up? As a United Methodist pastor, I am subject to appointment by my bishop. I currently live south of Houston. My home base, where I plan to live is about three hours north of Houston. Recently the local Little League team not only went to the Little League World Series, they were the United States champions. And, when they came home, the crowds showed up. Everyone wanted to be a part of something that had not happened before and while I hope it isn’t the case, it may never happen again.
As anyone who is a baseball fan knows, last year, the Houston Astros, for the first time in the team’s 55 year history, they won it all. When the city threw the team a victory parade, the crowd was huge.
Probably the biggest crowd I have been part of was the Texas Sesquicentennial (so you don’t have to go look it up, 150th-anniversary celebration) at the San Jacinto Battleground 17 miles southeast of downtown Houston. It happened on April 21, 1986. Personal cars couldn’t be brought to the site. People were brought in by buses. There were lots and lots of buses. There was an estimated crowd of over 100,000 people there. It took Cindy, our oldest son Wayne, and I more than three hours to get home, a distance that isn’t more than 10 miles. Based on the number of people trying to get on those buses, I don’t doubt there were 100,000 people out there.
When something unusual is happening, it also doesn’t take long for word to spread. For those in Israel, word of Jesus spread quickly. It was something new. Here is this guy from Nazareth who could seem to do just about anything. He turned water into wine (not in this story), he got pigs to run off a cliff, he would bring the dead back to life, he forgave without question, he healed the sick and cast out demons. I admit it, I would go to see that. Even more, I would take all my friends who needed healing with me. The logic would probably be, “Hey, what is it going to hurt. it probably wouldn’t make things worse.”
What would be surprising is these people, people who needed healing, crowded in close to Jesus in an effort to reach out and touch him because if only they could touch him they would be healed.
It seems to me that even today, we should all be part of the crowd, reaching out to Jesus, so we too could find healing. After all, don’t all of us need healing in some way?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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