They Said He Was Crazy!

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Numbers 3-4; Mark 3:20-35


20 Jesus entered a house. A crowd gathered again so that it was impossible for him and his followers even to eat. 21 When his family heard what was happening, they came to take control of him. They were saying, “He’s out of his mind!”

22 The legal experts came down from Jerusalem. Over and over they charged, “He’s possessed by Beelzebul. He throws out demons with the authority of the ruler of demons.”

23 When Jesus called them together he spoke to them in a parable: “How can Satan throw Satan out? 24  A kingdom involved in civil war will collapse. 25  And a house torn apart by divisions will collapse. 26  If Satan rebels against himself and is divided, then he can’t endure. He’s done for. 27  No one gets into the house of a strong person and steals anything without first tying up the strong person. Only then can the house be burglarized. 28  I assure you that human beings will be forgiven for everything, for all sins and insults of every kind. 29  But whoever insults the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. That person is guilty of a sin with consequences that last forever.” 30 He said this because the legal experts were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

31 His mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside and sent word to him, calling for him. 32 A crowd was seated around him, and those sent to him said, “Look, your mother, brothers, and sisters are outside looking for you.”

33 He replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Looking around at those seated around him in a circle, he said, “Look, here are my mother and my brothers. 35  Whoever does God’s will is my brother, sister, and mother”  (Mark 3:20-35, Common English Bible).

“He is out of his mind!”

“He’s possessed by Beelzebul.”

“He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

They said it three different ways. “Jesus is crazy.”

His family pulled no punches. They came right out and said it. “He’s lost his mind.” As for the other two accusations, saying he was possessed is Biblical era speak saying exactly the same thing, Jesus is crazy.

Even still, behavior we don’t understand or can’t explain, we tend to put the “crazy” tag on it. I personally do not understand how any sane, rational person can play with snakes or jump out of a perfectly good airplane. I just don’t get it. That behavior is just plain crazy to me.

Those accusing Jesus that day are metaphorically accusing him of playing with snakes or jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. The whole idea of someone like Jesus being able to heal people was as foreign to them as an airplane would have been.

Sure, physicians like Luke tried to help people but they certainly were not always successful. They probably were not as successful as a physician today.

I take a diabetes medication that is made from either Gila Monster saliva or Gila Monster venom (A Gila Monster is a venomous lizard native to the Southwestern United States and Northeastern Mexico). I am not sure which or if there is even a difference. It has often made me wonder, who was it that decided to inject a person with Gila Monster saliva/venom and see what it does to their blood sugar? That is crazy! Even more, what person is crazy enough to let them?

People saw what Jesus was doing. They saw how he changed people’s lives by healing them. Further, he wasn’t a part-time success. Jesus was always successful. He didn’t need saliva/venom from an animal. People knew that if he touched them or even if they could manage to touch him, they would find healing. They stretched out to try to reach him. They begged him for healing. And he healed people.

For his trouble the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the legal experts and even his own family said he was crazy. But, Jesus’ results spoke for themselves and the people who kept coming to him knew it. It wasn’t crazy at all. Jesus’ touch brought them results.

People, at least some people thought Jesus was crazy just as I think people who play with snakes or jump out of airplanes or inject themselves with Gila Monster venom/saliva are all crazy (yes, sometimes I see myself as crazy but hey, I have more fun than normal people). But, the thing is, while all the rest of us may be crazy, Jesus was and is far from it. Jesus loves people and Jesus will reach out and touch our lives, if we will only allow it.

Jesus can make all the difference in the world. We just need to believe.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved









Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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