The apostles returned and reported on what they had done. Jesus took them away, off by themselves, near the town called Bethsaida. But the crowds got wind of it and followed. Jesus graciously welcomed them and talked to them about the kingdom of God. Those who needed healing, he healed. Luke 9:10-11 (TM)
I’m not a huge sports fan. You’re not going to find me on the couch watching every sports channel the cable system has to offer. I am a fan of certain teams, however. I will watch my teams when they are on television, and will try to see them live and in person whenever I get the chance.
This past Sunday I rose before the dawn and roused my daughter. We jumped in the car and drove almost four hours. We parked the car and waiting in line to catch a light rail train from the Minneapolis suburbs into downtown to watch the Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions. When the game was over, we fought the crowd to stand in a crammed bus back to the suburbs. We got back in our car and drove the four hours home. We spent about 10 hours travelling, stood in lines, and fought the crowds to watch a three hour football game.
Reading today’s chapter, I wasn’t struck so much by what Jesus did, but what the crowds did. They followed him to a remote location. They hoofed it a long way. They brought no food with them and knew they had no means of getting food wherever Jesus was going. Bethsaida had no McDonalds. There were no concession stands. They desired to be with Jesus so much that they pursued Him into desolate places without thought to their daily needs.
Looking back at my life this past week, you could easily tell how much I love the Minnesota Vikings. The evidence is clear in my commitment to take pains and go out of my way to watch them play. Is there any evidence that my live shows similar desire, commitment and resolve in pursuing Jesus?