Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

This Sunday we’ll be using the readings we missed last Sunday because of bad weather. But in order to provide you some devotional material for the week, here are the readings we would ordinarily be using – Mark 1:29-39; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11.

What would it be like to spend the day with Jesus? Many popular depictions of Jesus bear little resemblance to Scripture. He is often imagined as a soft-spoken, laid back guy in a white robe who went around dispensing advice on how to be a good person and just trying to help people get along. He is cool and completely non-threatening.

These readings give us a more accurate – and less serene – depiction of the real Jesus.

The Old Testament reading warns us not to project our own preferences onto God. He is incomparably great. His ways are unsearchable and beyond our understanding. Yet, to all who submit to Him in patience and faith, He promises to give them renewed strength (Is 40).

The Epistle reading describes the way of a faithful believer. Like St. Paul, we will not use the Gospel as an excuse for doing as we please. We will live as servants of all, with a particular concern for those who do not yet know Christ (1 Cor 9).

The Gospel reading shows Jesus as a powerful and commanding presence – an existential threat to everything that opposes God’s Kingdom. He healed diseases and drove out demons while silencing anyone who would try to undermine his message (Mk 1).