March 15, 2015

Mark 8_12

Mark 8:11-21

Once again, the Pharisees came to Jesus arguing with him. They did not believe, or at least did not want to believe, that Jesus is who he says he is. Always looking to put him to the test, they demanded yet another sign. Short of giving his life for their sake, how much more could Jesus do to convince them that he is indeed the Christ?

The world is still filled with people who do not believe, or do not want to believe. Nonbelievers continue to put God’s people to the test. “Prove what you believe is true; show me that Jesus is real.” Yet, how are we to convince them? What more must we do?

Recalling the many signs and wonders of Jesus, Christians must understand our mission today is to do likewise. Jesus calls us to love God and love our neighbor, doing for them that which Christ has done for us. And so we proclaim the gospel, feed the hungry, shelter the poor and have compassion for the sick, lost and lonely. Through Christ’s Church, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, the signs of God’s grace and mercy are there for all to see.

Prayer: Give us strength, O Lord, to continue the work you have given, that all might come to believe in you. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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