“Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees” Mark 8.15
Sometimes Jesus must have despaired of his own disciples! In this chapter they moved quickly from witnessing a staggering miracle of Jesus reproducing bread for a huge crowd, to discovering that they themselves had forgotten to take any bread with them on their journey. Did they really think that this same Jesus, who could feed 5,000 and 4,000 people on separate occasions, would be unable to do anything about their lunch?
The reason that Jesus may well have despaired is the disciples’ inability to make the connection between what they had just seen him do and their own predicament. As we read the stunning stories of the New Testament, how easily we can fall into the same trap. Why is it so hard to believe that the same Jesus who could open the eyes of the blind and raise the dead to life, could directly intervene in our lives and bring change to the situations we face?
Making these connections is what we are called to do; to apply the Jesus of the New Testament to our lives today. As you read your Bible, make the connections! If what you are reading is true, what are the implications for the situations facing you today and for your whole life?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission