Sometimes amidst our busy routines and day-to-day lives, it’s easy to dismiss the notion that, 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus actually lived and breathed on the earth. He walked on water, gave sight to the blind, healed the sick, multiplied food to feed thousands, and went around forgiving sins. Could you imagine how people would respond if someone was doing that kind of stuff today? People would go ballistic, social media would be blowing up, and some would undoubtedly respond with harshness and negativity.
The stuff Jesus did was so crazy to the people who witnessed them that they often reacted with hostility or with violence towards Him. In Luke 7:34, Jesus said, “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’" It might be hard to imagine, but yes: there were people who called Jesus a drunk back then!
Two responses to Jesus’ life and ministry might be to label Him as crazy, or to acknowledge the fact that He truly is God.
This Sunday, Pastor Briant will be preaching on Mark 3:22-35. In this passage, we see the Pharisees’ hard hearts skew their response as to who Jesus really is.
How will we as Jesus’ followers respond to Him today?