Thursday, December 15, 2011
Don't Even Enter the Village
Mark 8:22-26 (ESV) And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him.  And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?"  And he looked up and said, "I see men, but they look like trees, walking."  Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.  And he sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village." “Do not even enter the village.” Sometimes you get the impression Jesus isn’t for evangelism. He’s always telling people not to tell about him. Of course he instructs the disciples to do quite the opposite before his ascension. But while on earth, during his earthly ministry, he was cautious. Perhaps he worried for this man’s own safety. Perhaps he was getting tired of the crowds. Jesus does that, gets fatigued. His humanity shows through. Ever see celebrities get upset with the Paparazzi? Well This is Jesus trying to avoid them. Of course, he could have just avoided healing the man all together. One gets the impression he wanted to do that, the people had to beg him. But he doesn’t compassion mercy and love over rule. Jesus can’t just turn away, he heals the man. Perhaps though, there is another angle on this. Jesus just is not going to blow his own horn. He doesn’t need everyone in the world to know every good deed he does. He doesn’t do it for the glory. He does it out of love. He doesn’t want others seeing it. And too often that is where Christians mess up. They can’t help chasing the glory and earthly rewards that go along with doing good here on earth. And they receive their rewards. Sometimes it can’t be helped. But Jesus knows better than to chase the fleeting glory of this world.