The Next Day… and beyond.
“That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon possessed. The whole town gathered at the door and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons…”
I love the book of Mark. I’m rereading it again this month. I’ve read it many times and yet again today I was caught by something. This idea of the whole town and all the sick and demon possessed.
Not that the whole town was there necessarily, but the fact that after this night the town would be amazingly and dramatically and astonishingly… different. Transformed is the only word that I can think of right now that comes close, maybe redeemed works too. Think about it for a second, really think about this; One day you have a town that has a bunch of sick people and a bunch of demon possessed people and the next day, NADA. Joy comes to mind, peace comes to mind, relief comes to mind, refreshed comes to mind.
The town gets a fresh start on life. The whole town has a sense of hope about the future. Can you feel what that would be like? Close your eyes and try to feel what that would feel like to get a brand new start, a weight, a burden lifted. Kids could run down the street again, you don’t have to avoid certain parts of town. A community can see clearly and get excited about their situation.
Is there something that you can rid your town of that would give it a fresh start, a hope, a relief a joy? Our town is pretty big, so maybe a neighborhood… you office? Your child’s classroom?