The real mistake

12 01 2013

Now as they came down from the mountain, He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept this word to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant. And they asked Him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” Then He answered and told them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I say to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him.”

And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him.
Mark 9:9-15

Which group of people do you most identity yourself with in this story?

First, there were the disciples who were with Jesus on the mountain, experiencing the amazing view of Jesus, Elijah, and Moses. Yet notice, when all was said and done, they didn’t worship the Lord — they only asked Him more questions. Rather than basking in His glory, they wondered what it meant. And maybe you are that way; God has met with you and you know what it means to be a Christian, but instead of following Him and worshiping Him, you decide not to trust Him until you have all your questions answered.

Another group of people we see were the other disciples down the mountain. These guys seemed helpless — they didn’t know what to do. Although Jesus had been with them, instructing them and investing His life into them, they didn’t know how to effectively minister to people. The crowds exhausted them and the scribes overwhelmed them. They couldn’t defend their faith because they largely hadn’t been paying attention. Maybe you feel this way; you’ve been to church much of your life, but you really don’t know the Scriptures, how to share your faith with others, or how to defend your faith. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” Are you built up in the faith and in your relationship with the Lord to do this?

The third group of people Mark mentions were the scribes. It seems all they wanted to do was argue and pick theological fights with the people. May I encourage you to look to the Lord for your guidance, wisdom, and strength. Get into the Word of God and bring your questions to Him. When we don’t understand things clearly, it seems so easy to start complaining or criticizing with others. But don’t be like the scribes who just looked for fights.

Lastly, there were the people in the crowds. These were the people who, when seeing Jesus, ran to Him and greeted Him. And I believe these are the kind of people Jesus desires. Why? Because no matter what questions, doubts, arguments, apathy, or problems they had, they dropped everything and ran to Him. You see, God wants to answer all of our questions, increase our faith, and fill us with an unwavering hope, but we must trust Him first. We must run to Him with an open heart and worship Him. To do anything less is to take Him for granted.And that’s the real mistake of the other three groups.

So what person are you? Ask the Lord to change your heart. Let Jesus Christ be the only one you go to when your life is full of questions and difficulties. Run to Him.

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