Scripture Mark 3:13-15
13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve[a] that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.
- Mountain: parallels with other mountains (Sinai, Nebo, Zion)
- Repetition of relationship words and images: wanted and “with him”
- The twelve came and were sent – came because he wanted, were sent on his mission
- Their tasks: preach and have authority over demons (parallels what was said about Jesus’ ministry in previous chapters and verses)
The calling of the disciples is a parallel of Jesus’ calling and mission – Jesus is “called” at his baptism and then begins preaching and driving out demons. I am unsure if I ever noticed how much of Mark’s early portrayal of Jesus’ ministry focuses on driving unclean and evil spirits out of people! But Mark clearly notices and relates this aspect of Jesus’ ministry.
Saturday is Halloween, a day of mixed perspectives for Christians. Some love it – others are horrified by it. And there is much on both sides of that debate that makes sense to me. But I love Halloween and always look forward to this season.
What I realize is how much we miss sometimes by forgetting this balance of ministry focus. There is a supernatural dimension of Christian life and ministry. After all, we worship a God whom we cannot see and a Savior who was resurrected from death. And the Holy Spirit is at work in the world and in us.
I am far too rational sometimes, too logical, too mind-focused. There is a reality that is deeper and wider than the physical world. And there is a reality that cannot be modeled by mathematics or theorized in the mind. Jesus spoke to both.
Today, Lord, make me mindful that there is a world of the spirit. A reality that is beyond what I can see and analyze. Jesus preached the truth but also witnessed to the truth of this spiritual life and world that sometimes I crowd out of my mind and my ministry. May it be real to me today and in my life and ministry. Amen.