The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. (Mark 1:33–34)
When I graduated from high school, I was salutatorian of my class. In addition, I also earned several other academic honors and awards. I expected my local family and friends would attend the graduation. However, family and friends came from all over to witness the ceremony and see me deliver the commencement speech. For them, it was not simply about me graduating from high school; others had done that. It was about accomplishing something no one in our family had ever accomplished. It was truly a special occasion.
Jesus was not the only teacher of the law. Others were out there. There were even times when those teachers spoke to groups. However, the whole town gathered at the door to experience Jesus. He offered what they had not seen before. He was no ordinary teacher. He did not come to boast or brag or condemn; he came to heal. This was not just another day; it was indeed a special occasion.
We have access to pastors, theologians, and numerous commentaries to help us learn the teachings of Christianity. They provide knowledge just like the teachers. Yet, only Jesus can provide us with healing. It is important not to become so involved with gaining knowledge that we forget to deepen our relationship. We must gather at Jesus’ door and allow him to heal our brokenness.
Take time each day to connect with Jesus personally.
Tara Klein—a lover of words—shares her imperfect, unconventional Christian journey as a female, mother, and wife to invite others into God’s unconditional love.
© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.