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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Jesus’ claim that He was the Son of God eventually cost Him His life (Matthew 26:63-67). Mark 3 reveals the controversy that existed early in Jesus’ ministry regarding His identity and the source of His power to do miracles. We read in verses seven to twelve that a very large crowd followed Jesus because of the miracles He had done.  When He cast out evil spirits, the spirits cried out, “You are the Son of God” (verse 11). But Jesus told them to be quiet. Making this claim too soon would jeopardize His ministry.

Questions about His identity and power followed Jesus wherever He went.  In verses twenty through thirty we read about a crowd drawn to Jesus that was so large that neither Jesus nor His disciples had time to eat. The frenzy of the crowd left Jesus vulnerable to charges of civil disruption. To the casual observer, His life seemed out of control. His own family noted: “He is out of his mind” (verse twenty-one).

One teacher of the law had his own theory: “He is possessed by Beelzebub!  And it is by the prince of demons He is driving out demons” (verse 22). This outburst inspired Jesus’ famous reply: “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (verse 25). 

In the end, there were those who decided to follow Jesus because they were convicted that He was the Son of God. He was worth following and obeying not just because He performed miracles, but even more so because He spoke for the Father and revealed God’s  will. These followers of Jesus became part of His family. As He declared: “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (verse 35). What a privilege is ours to become part of Jesus’ family by acknowledging Him as God and Savior and loving Him.

David Smith

Senior Pastor, University Church

Collegedale, Tennessee