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February 3, 2017: Accusing Jesus
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Dear <<First Name>>,

“ Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus...” Mark 3:2, NIV


I have for some time, whenever I read about the Pharisees, try to find myself in the story. It is a little uncomfortable because I hate to admit that I might be less spiritual than Jesus, and possibly part of the problem, rather than the solution. When I set myself up to "judge" their actions, I realize I might be in their story. 

So here I come to this verse, and I say to myself, "I have never looked for a reason to accuse Jesus." However, deep down, if I don't get what I want, who do I look to blame? Do I look for a reason to accuse Him for not giving me something, or allowing me to enter a season that seems beyond me? I can think of a few times. 

The unfortunate part of the story is that Jesus was simply trying to heal this man, but the Pharisees were so focused on themselves and their pet doctrines that they missed the miracle. In fact, the bible says, "Jesus looked at them with anger and deep distress." When we get so focused on ourselves, it is distressing to Jesus. 

I don't want to be a Pharisee. Neither do you I am sure. We must be careful of judging what Jesus is doing with others, especially when He is blessing them. Instead of rejoicing, they found themselves far from Him. 

Enjoy today's chapter and I'll see you Sunday!


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Love, 

Pastor Stuart

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