The Messiah and the Multitudes

Mark 3:7-12
Heb 7:25–8:6 / Psa 40

All who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order that they could touch him. And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God!”
(Mark 3:10-12)

Of all the things under my concern
Where does my priority lie?
To follow Christ I must first discern:
What kind of a Christian am I?

The popularity of Jesus as a great healer and teacher had attracted multitudes of people coming from all over Galilee. Aware of the opposition from the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, and their plot to kill Him, He withdrew towards the sea with His disciples. Still the crowds came, and had become so thick that Jesus had to have a boat ready, in case He needed room to address the crowds pressing upon Him. All who were afflicted with various ailments wanted to touch Him, while those possessed by evil spirits proclaimed His divinity, but were silenced.

Reflection

Why did our Lord order the demoniacs to be silent? It was because He did not want them to disrupt God’s timetable for Him to be known as the Messiah. This would be revealed after He had risen from the dead. Besides, it was not in their jurisdiction to be declaring the presence of God among His people. They had no such privilege.

Why were such large crowds coming to Jesus? Was it to listen to his teachings? Many of them came to be healed of their diseases or to be freed from evil spirits. Most others were curiosity-seekers and speculators who were hoping that Jesus would be their savior against the Roman conquerors of Israel. But Jesus was not the kind of Messiah they had been waiting for. He was in fact far more than any political leader who could give them temporal freedom here on earth. His kind of deliverance was from damnation to a life eternal in the kingdom of God in heaven.

In the Christian world today, we find that there are many followers of Jesus. Sadly, it seems most of them have the wrong motives for following Him. They look upon God to fill their needs, for long-term security, or merely to belong to His Church. When they pray, it is only to ask for favors. When they give tithes, it is only because they expect a tenfold return on their offerings. A true Christian is one who gives his life to the Lord because of love. He obeys all of God’s decrees because he believes in all the teachings of Jesus Christ. Of the thousands who followed Jesus when He walked the earth, only a little over a hundred was left when He ascended to heaven. Most of them had gone on to continue with their temporal pursuits. How about you? How committed are you as a follower of Christ? Where do your priorities lie?

We come to Your assembly, Lord, to praise You, and worship the Father, and be filled with Your Holy Spirit. Let all Your creation give You glory. Amen.

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