At the end of the day, as a Christian man, I want to go out of my way to be able to protect human life. Whether it’s stopping to give aid to a bicyclist who got hit by an Amazon van; pulling over to plead with a man to not jump off of an overpass and take his life; or, if the bitter day were to come to me, to be willing to run towards the sound of gunfire.
I remember being curious about one of my pastors. I wondered why it was so easy for him to be kind, gracious, and loving towards people who I found rather strange or socially awkward. Where I tried to look for a quick exit ramp in conversations with these people, he would hold conversations with them that lasted for several minutes.
Just as a wife seeks to know the intricate details of her husband so that she might love him more with greater intimacy and depth, so we as the people of God, Christ’s bride (Ephesians 5:32ff; cf. Revelation 19:6-9), spend the rest of our days desirously growing in the knowledge of God through his Word so that we might love and cherish him more and more until our faith is made sight.
Setting the Stage Recorded in Mark 6:30-56 are the trifold miracles of Jesus feeding five thousand men with five loaves and two fish, Jesus walking on water, and Jesus healing the sick. Oftentimes, these texts — as well as their parallel accounts in Matthew, Luke, and John — are preached with the conclusion that Jesus…
In our culture, pain, suffering, and heartache are treated as plagues to be avoided, but what if these are inevitable truths of life that are meant to sweetly break us?