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Mark 6

Reflections on Mark 6 – Beloved, there is so much to take in! 

First, the people of Jesus’s hometown amaze him, but in a very bad way.  They scoffed at him and dismissed him as merely a carpenter, one of Mary’s kids, :3.  “And he was amazed at their unbelief.” :6  The ministry was soaring. Jesus was teaching from town to town. The disciples were sent out, telling everyone to repent and turn to God.  And they cast out demons, healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.  Yet the people in his hometown did not honor him.

Then there is a shift from Jesus’s ministry to the death of John the Baptist.  Beloved, this always breaks my heart, but also reminds me that this life is short, we live in a fallen world and terrible things happen, but heaven is our part two.  Before John’s head was in Herod’s presence, he was in paradise.  He did incredible kingdom work on earth, and what Herodia’s meant for evil was simply promotion day for John the Baptist.

Next, Jesus feeds five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish.  After, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back in the boat and cross the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home.  Beloved, do you wonder if they asked questions?  Like if we leave you here, how will you get to Bethsaida?  Maybe they should have asked, because when Jesus came walking by on the turbulent water they thought he was a ghost!  (This is one of my heavenly questions, were ghosts so common that this seemed logical to them?)  Jesus sets them at ease with the words, “Don’t be afraid. Take courage! I am here!”  : 50.  Beloved, may these words echo in your heart anytime fear threatens your peace.  

On to chapter 7!

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Luke 9

Read Luke 9 – Jesus is RAD!  Maybe that sounds irreverent, but I just can’t think of another way to say it. 

Our chapter starts with Jesus calling and empowering the disciples to cast out all demons and heal all diseases (:1).  Beloved, whatever Jesus calls you to, he will equip you for. 

We get Luke’s version of what we read in John 6… remember, eyewitness account should always be slightly different.  If it is exactly the same, it screams of collaboration.  The feeding of the multitude with five loaves and two fish is told by all four gospel authors, but we are going to stay true to our ‘daily bread’ and focus on Luke.  Verse 11 shows us Jesus’s attitude.  He welcomed the crowd.  He taught and healed them, as he taught his own disciples about caring for others.  “You give them something to eat,”  Jesus tells the disciples… Our Savior is always inviting his beloved’s into the miracles! 

Verses :23-25 Jesus speaks about picking up one’s cross and following Him.  Picking up one’s cross is a one way journey. 

Verses :28-36 cover the transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus in the presence of Peter, James and John.  Wow, right??? 

This is so rich and I have only scratched the surface.  Read on, Beloved, read on!

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Luke 4

Read Luke 4 – The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life… every temptation known to us can be categorized in one of these three areas.  Ponder that for a second.  We have a Lord and Savior who knows every temptation we may be presented with… Jesus is not some holier than thou entity – he faced temptation, in every area we may come up against and he fought it off with the Word. 

Notice too that the devil knows his fair share of Scripture, yet uses it to try to corrupt.  Beware of those who do this.  In :13 we see that the devil was finished tempting Jesus until next time.  Beloved, the devil is a prowling lion.  He is always on the lookout for the next time. 

Next, Jesus goes to his hometown.  In :22 the people were amazed by his teaching and in :28 they were furious.  The truth is convicting.  The people were going to push Jesus off a cliff, but he passed through the crowd and went on his way, :29-30.  That is one of those little miracles that often go unnoticed; keep your eye out for miracles. 

Jesus continues to teach and perform miracles throughout our chapter.  In Capernaum, Galilee, he healed Simon’s mother-in-law, and her immediate response was to prepare a meal for them :39.  Beloved, live in gratitude like this, always caring for those around you as long as you are able. 

Our chapter ends with Jesus on the move… just as he calls us to.  Do not keep the Good News in a box to be let out on Sunday mornings… take it everywhere you go, and be ready to share.🤗

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John 6

Read John 6 – It’s a miracle! And another! Walking with Jesus had to be mesmerizing. The crowd did not leave. I loved, well, all of it, but the part where he asks Phillip where they should buy bread to feed these multitudes of people…. knowing what he was about to do, yet taking the time to grow Phillip’s faith. Beloved, walk close to Jesus. The miracles are everywhere, and He longs to grow your faith too. There’s so much more to discover, so read, and be mesmerized by our supernatural Savior. 💖🍞🐟👣🐟🍞💖