Chapter-a-Day Mark 2

HappynewyearJesus said, "When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!" Mark 2:19-20 (TM)

When my wife, Wendy, and I were married, we wanted it to be a huge celebration. No pulling in the belt. No skimping. Our desire was for everyone to have a great time. So it was, we chose New Year’s Eve as our wedding night. Do you recall watching people in television shows and movies going to these big New Year’s Eve galas all dressed up in their formal attire and dancing the night away? But, how many people have ever actually been to a party like that? That’s the kind of celebration we wanted.

We rented a gorgeous, two-story ballroom in the heart of the city. We sent out invitations telling our guests to dress to the nines. The ceremony was held at eight o’clock and by 8:45 the caterers were putting out a decadent spread of food and pouring generous portions of wine. By 9:15 the dancing had begun and didn’t abate until before twelve o’clock. At midnight, we all gathered to countdown the seconds to the New Year, pull our party poppers, and throw streamers in the air. Then we prayed and thanked God for the celebration, asked His blessing on the new year, and his blessing on the new stage of our lives.

What a great metaphor for Jesus to use in response to his critics. The Son of God had come. The blind were receiving sight. The lame were walking. The dead were being raised. Salvation was nigh. It was not time to fast and mourn. It was time to party. It wasn’t just a new year dawning, it was a whole new Kingdom age of grace and salvation!

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Mark 2”

  1. 15-16Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers. The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: “What kind of example is this, acting cozy with the riffraff?”
    17Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”
    I’ve read this verse many times but today what struck me was that in good Christian form the religious leaders went right to Jesus with their concerns. No….they went to his disciples, behind his back to complain about what Christ had been doing. Of course, Jesus overheard and took them to task. In the past 10 years at Westview, one of the best leadership lessons I have learned is this concept: If you have a concern with a brother…go to the brother. Westview has remained relatively free of gossip and back-biting because the people who do it don’t get any power. They end up leaving because we don’t accept it at our church.
    The other obvious lesson in this story is that Jesus loved everybody, not just his favorites or those that agreed with Him.

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