During my days of working in hotels, I often had the privilege of functioning as a concierge. I would direct people to the best restaurants and points of interest. This blog feature is my attempt to point Christians to some of the best articles online. I provide an excerpt from or a note about the article. Click on the title of each article to view it in its entirety.
Mark’s gospel records a series of encounters between Jesus and a particular group. Read the following accounts of these encounters and try to determine the identity of the group.
Encounter #1 in Mark 1
Jesus met one of the group as he entered the synagogue in Capernaum. Upon seeing Jesus, this one cried out “I know who you are–the Holy One of God.”
In Mark’s gospel we read of the account of Jesus healing a paralytic who was let down through the roof. When Jesus healed the man by declaring that his sins were forgiven, questions arose in the minds of some in attendance. Jesus responded to their questions even though they did not ask them out loud.
Jesus indicated that no difference in difficulty existed between declaring this man forgiven or physically healed. Those with questions understood that only God can forgive sins. Jesus’ response indicated that he had been given authority to forgive sins. Several times in the gospels, Jesus spoke about authority given to him by the Father. This authority linked him essentially with the Father.
My focus, however, is on the response of the rest of the people. Instead of accusatory questions in their hearts, their response was one of sheer amazement leading to their glorifying God.
They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
Would you buy a cookbook put together by somebody who avoids the kitchen?
How about a weight loss book written by the person who has added on pounds every year for decades?
Maybe a business manual penned by the teenager who sorts mail in the basement?
So why is a Christian publishing house going to try and sell us a book about church by an author who admittedly skipped church for over a month to finish the book on church?