No vacation from ministry

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56; Ephesians 2:11-22

July is vacation time for many of us. Anticipating grilled burgers, potato salad, sunshine and seashore can get us through months of occupational drudgery. We all need time away to kick back, relax and recharge—even Jesus did. We read in Mark 6 that he invited his disciples to join him for a beach getaway. It had been a busy chapter for them all. Already Jesus had offended the folks in his hometown synagogue with one of his sermons. You’d think news of his popularity and power would have preceded his arrival in Nazareth. You’d think he would have been welcomed home with open arms. Instead all he got was folded arms. Mark writes that Jesus “could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.” Theologians are quick to insist that Jesus’ hands weren’t tied, that he could have done more if he wanted to. But why bother if no one believes?

 

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