Jesus is God with us, particularly God with us in our pain and misery. In these early verses of Jesus minis- try, we see that Jesus entered into suffering, rebuked evil, and thereby revealed to us the loving, compas- sionate nature of God. We have a God who stands with us in our need. Mark had earlier declared that Jesus was the Messiah and the Son of God. Even though Jesus had an exalted title, he waded into hu- man needs. He did not look the other way when he encountered tormented souls.
Something is afoot in our world! Jesus is on the loose. There is more going on among us than mere words can say. Into a fairly predictable world, there is a sur- prise lurking. Our Jesus never ceases to amaze us, makes us marvel, and fills us with wonder at his inter- ventions and intrusions. He doesn’t wait for us to
come to him; he comes to us! He dares to call on us before we call on him. May he keep showing up among us, surprising us with his way and word. When Jesus shows up, you never know. His mira- cles are signs of the wondrous inbreaking of God’s kingdom. After all, he is the man for others.
Peace, Pastor Gary