Mark Has Some Good News, Part 6, That'll Happen When You Don't Shut Up!
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter. Mark 1:35-45 (ESV)
Jesus gave us a rare glimpse into the mind of God in these verses.
We know now after he died a sacrificial death and rose that this was his purpose in coming to save us from the wrath of God. By paying for our sins. But here we see that proclaiming the realities of God's will was why he was preaching. He would go on to challenge the religion that had been clogging the gears as it were. We'll read about that later but for now let's look at what happened to Jesus, because of the love he had for us.
People always muck things up. You can have a perfect plan in place. Assign duties to players, have it detailed to the N'th degree but add a little "people" in the mix and frustration becomes an option.
And that's what Jesus ran into people needing him, wanting him, stopping him, chasing him, "if it were me" bothering him. Jesus left the masses and went to quiet, alone places to pray and prepare. In his humility to come as a man he also rested and recuperated like a man. He was God, stamina like humanity was his object and creation. He did not need to rest any more than he needed to heal the sinful drove that called on him.
Yet Mark shows us the compassion of Christ that he worked with and quite literally through the midst of us. Humans and continued to share his good news. Which begs the question of how best to model this sacrificial leadership Jesus shows us here. How do we, as pastors, work through the masses and stay on point. Do we retreat, divert, muscle through and stay biblical. Or do we appease and diplomacy our way to a comfortable life to avoid our work.
Should we ever throw in the towel or like Jesus strategically retreat that we may do all we can in what we do?