Friday, January 20, 2006

The 24 of the Gospels.

Most Monday nights, you'll find a handful of friends and me gathered in the village of Stone Mountain, Georgia looking to study scripture, wrestle with questions, and be friends in the midst of all the "stuff' that comprises life alone and together as part of the body of Christ.

This week we launched a study on the Gospel Mark that really stands out amongst gospel accounts. Wow - what a fast paced narrative of the life of Christ. It is absolutely action packed! It's a bit like the "24" of the synoptic gospels.

From the start of His public ministry to the start of the passion in 10 short chapters and with a lesser focus on the words of Christ and a heightened underscoring of His action as the Suffering Servant, the theme verse seems to be Mark 10:45. " For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." NIV

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,“ What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” Often true, don't you think? So, in light of that thought, the study in Mark is promises to be insightful and speak loudly to the person and mission of Christ.

Anyway, enough for now. It's time to wrap up my coffee and head back to the office. As I do, I envision some of the interactions of Christ (The Servant) with the demoniac, the self-righteous, the sick, the hungry, and the faithful and I rejoice in His example and authority. May I learn from His life and live in His way.


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