Saturday, May 28, 2011

Get Crazy

Mark records the time when Jesus family came to take him from the pressure of the crowds that were pressing. They were worried about what had become of Jesus' life and ministry. Religious devotion was one thing, but the spectacle Jesus had become was too much for his family to bear. He was crazy, they thought. They were no doubt his craziness would get him killed.

What we observe with Jesus happens among the religious all the time. People don't mind their friends and loved ones being religious, so long as they don't get too crazy with it. So long as we are "Christian" it's OK, but "born again" or a "Jesus freak"? That's too far. When Jesus becomes your life, even those closest people to you might think you've lost it.

Mark 3:20-35 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”

I suppose most of the people God used in big ways over the course of history were called crazy at one time or another. I like what Kent Hughes says in his commentary along these lines-

"Similar verdicts (being called crazy) have been rendered over Luther, Bunyan, Wesley and others. But let us note (and note well!) that given the truth of Christ and the truth of the gospel, such people are supremely sane! If the Apostle’s Creed is sensible and true, then those who believe it have aligned themselves with sanity. If Christ is who he says he is, then the sanest thing in the world is to follow him. If Christ calls us to commitment, anything else is crazy. Christianity needs more of Christ’s madness!"

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

Is Jesus Christ a Legend, Lunatic, Liar, or Lord and GOD?

In his famous book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis makes this statement, "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg--or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.(emphasis: web author)"

Call me Crazy... that's quite a compliment!