Friday, October 21, 2011
Bringing wisdom to its completion.
Mark 3:7-12 (ESV) Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea  and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him.  And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him,  for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him.  And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God."  And he strictly ordered them not to make him known. Jesus does get a bit popular, at times. It seems this waxes and wanes in his ministry. Finally at the height of popularity he is crucified. And whenever they unclean spirits saw him the fell down before him and cried out, “you are the Son of God.” Jesus won’t have demons testifying for him. But it is amazing. Even the demons know God is one, and they shudder. Here you see it. They recognize who he is. They do not have faith. But they have knowledge. They know who he is. They have no love, no trust, for him. They tremble with but the beginning of wisdom, wisdom incomplete for it lacks love, lacks trust. Of course Jesus didn’t die for demons, he died for you. You have every reason not to stay with the beginning of wisdom, in the fear of God, but bring it to completion with love and trust in the one who shows his love for you with his death. There in love, wisdom is brought to its end.