Mark My Words-SANITY

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So if Jesus sanity is not called into question, if he is not working in league with Satan as a man with a nice sounding plan, then that leaves us with the radical, wild, crazy sounding idea that Jesus is actually who he claimed to be: The Son of Man—his most popular title. As Jesus continued to defend himself against the religious leaders he gave more clues to his identity as the…

Son of God- (Mark 3:28-30) 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” 30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”What is all this about blasphemy? Keep in mind blasphemy is the charge ultimately leveled against Christ himself—claiming to be God by elevating man to God’s level or conversely downgrading the works of God to the level of man. That is Jesus warning to those questioning his sanity or saying he is Satan’s minion—you are downgrading the work of the Holy Spirit, from the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows—as the work of Satan himself. Yet, the true fruit of his work can be seen in his command to those who would come after him—“Get revenge on those who were plotting my death?” No, keep the lie going so you can become the Bill Gates of your time? No…Instead in John 13:34-“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Chuck Colson tells about an amazing event that occurred at one of his prison ministries. In this program, prisoners who come to Christ go through an eighteen-month discipleship period and then have a graduation. When one of the prisoners came forward for recognition, a very stately woman rose in his support. It isn’t rare that family will come support the prisoners who are graduating, but in this case was different. The woman was the mother of the young woman the prisoner had killed fifteen years before. The man had denied his crime for many years. And then he came to Christ and, while going through this discipleship program, became convicted of his need to come clean with both God and those he had hurt. He confessed the crime and then asked forgiveness from the victim’s mother.

But that’s not the amazing part. Before that woman received his letter, she had called on the Lord to help her forgive the man who had murdered her daughter. So in that graduation ceremony, this woman stood beside the man who had killed her child and announced, “This is my adopted son.” That sounds crazy, we say it must be a lie, but in Christ it becomes a reality, a new family.

Finally, in our story Jesus family showed up at the house, ready to restore order, ready to take charge of the black sheep in their family (and you thought your family was messed up) picking up in verse 31-31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” 33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” This would have rocked the listener in a society where birth order was everything, parental lines determined your destiny, and yet these Christians, followers of Christ were contemplating what does family really look like? Am I willing to give up the comfort of my family station to follow Jesus? Am I willing to face economic hardship to be called a Son or Daughter of the Most High?

This takes us to the SO WHAT for you and me– so what if Jesus really is the Son of Man? Jesus makes the application audible—If Jesus is the Son of God—then just believing in God doesn’t cut it, when we are called to live for, with, and through Christ. Half in and half out becomes all the way out, when Christ is the Son of God—when he said take up your cross and follow me!

This is the heart of Christianity—the crux of Christ’s message—that by our love we welcomed people into our family, that we in turn are welcomed into the family of God. Paul says, that when we believe in Christ we receive a “Spirit of sonship,” so we can call God ‘Abba’ Father. Who is your family? Is it only those who you share a bloodline with, or shared a house with, or could it possibly be so much bigger than that? Family becomes those who join together united by the mission of God, working side by side together striving to bring the mission to manifestation, and those who love each other as we were first loved.

Is Jesus Insane, Satan, or the Son of Man? You get to choose- Which family do you belong to?

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5 thoughts on “Mark My Words-SANITY”

  1. Good stuff as usual. Intersting verses you quoted because the traditional interpretation I’ve usually seen is one of “handle with care” with what you say to the Spirit, but in context Jesus is actually saying, if you belittle my Spirit as him being on par with Satan, then you are guilty of an eternal sin.

    Btw have you watched Chuck Colson’s series on Ethics at Princeton?

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