(October 24, 2020) Robert and Maureen McQuillan remind readers that Jesus truly cares…
Life is like a terrifying storm to several at this pandemic time – including some Christians!
And not just because of uncertainties regarding loss of income, delayed/postponed desperately needed operations, increased crime, unruly behaviour in our streets and beaches, lockdown, and such.
Many, including some church leaders, are concerned about the future… and seemingly unanswered prayers. We’ve had some share feelings of ‘I don’t know what I’m meant to be doing… now or in future days. Doesn’t Jesus care?’
Doesn’t Jesus care?
What an audacious, unwarranted question! Of course, he cares!
Remember the Mark 4 incident where Jesus directed his disciples to cross over the lake by boat to a different region?
Verse 37Message recounts that ‘A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it.’ Verse 38a appears to casually mention that in all this fury ‘Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping!’ Then we read that the obviously frightened disciples ‘woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”’
See the bigger picture here… Jesus’ friends are accusing him of not caring! And with the storm raging around them, they would not have been gently whispering in his ear! No, this would have been a harsh, possibly screaming frantic, ‘Hey! Don’t you care?’ And no acknowledgement of his status as either Rabbi, Teacher or Friend! (more…)