Who is Jesus? What is he up to? Does it matter to me? Those are questions that surface in this Sunday’s scripture text, Mark 6:14-29.
“I believe that Jesus acted first, worked first, loved people first. He was conscious of God’s love, aware of the experience of God’s love, but he acted, first and foremost. I have chosen the same thing.” Those are the words of Ivo Markovic, describing how and why he has dedicated his life to energetically promoting peace in a fractured and fragmented part of the world.
“John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” That is the declaration of Herod Antipas, offering his interpretation of Jesus’ identity. In announcing his conclusion, Herod gives the impression that his own murderous and self-serving acts are not far from his mind; he may even feel haunted by them.
Markovic is a contemporary of ours. His birthplace was Zanica, in Bosnia. Herod was the ruler of Galilee during the years that Jesus was healing, speaking about God’s kingdom, and offering nourishment there. Both of these influential people were aware of Jesus and his ministry. They responded to the opportunities before them in dramatically different ways.
What are the griefs and pressures of our lives? What are the choices we face? What will be the outcome of the path we are walking? Every course of action has a cost. What are the benefits?
April’s sermon title is, “Just Like Jesus.” Our prayers will include a blessing for the Junior High Sierra Service project team departing from our church in a few days time for Smith River. Those present at 10 am will be introduced to Ryan Perry, our new youth ministry assistant.
See you in worship!