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Cutting Room Floor - September 21, 2022

Cutting Room Floor - September 21, 2022

by Jason Cook on September 21, 2022

I believe that you are only as good as those who are around you. We are fortunate as a church to have a great staff and elder board. I’m grateful to be surrounded by such wisdom on a daily basis, as they often distill truths into simple and meaningful ways. As I was preparing for the second part of our Mark series last week, my discussions with some of those folks ultimately led me to a few powerful thoughts on legalism and rest that I wanted to share here.
 
 
Fermentation of Jesus
 
Edwards, in his book “The Gospel According to Mark,” illustrates why followers of Jesus need to be made new and filled with the new wine of Jesus.
 
"The parables illustrate the radical posture and presumption of Jesus. Jesus is the new patch and the new wine. He is not an attachment, addition, or appendage to the status quo. He cannot be integrated into or contained by preexisting structures, even Judaism, Torah, and the synagogue. He is, of course, neither ascetic nor anarchist, and thus he participates as a human being in human structures. He goes to the synagogue, but not as everyone else goes to the synagogue. Jesus goes with a new teaching (1:27). He is like the scribes in that he teaches, but his authority surpasses theirs (1:22). He honors Torah by sending the healed paralytic to make the offering required by Moses, but he is not bound by Torah; he breaks it when it impedes his ministry (2:24; 3:1–6), and he subordinates it to himself (Matt 5:17; Rom 10:4). His contemporaries exclaim, “ ‘We have never seen anything like this!’ ” (2:12). He relinquishes himself completely, though never surrendering his divine authority. He gives himself in service, though rendering allegiance to none but God. He gives his life to the world, but he is not a captive of the world. The question posed by the image of the wedding feast and the two atom-like parables is not whether disciples will, like sewing a new patch on an old garment or refilling an old container, make room for Jesus in their already full agendas and lives. The question is whether they will forsake business as usual and join the wedding celebration; whether they will become entirely new receptacles for the expanding fermentation of Jesus and the gospel in their lives."
 
Edwards, J. R. (2002). The Gospel according to Mark (p. 92). Grand Rapids, MI; Leicester, England: Eerdmans; Apollos.
 
 
 
Sabbath: Filtered
 
My friend, God rested on the 7th day after he worked. You can too. You are not God. It may feel like it all depends on you but it doesn’t. Take a day. Breathe deeply. Drink deeply from God’s word. Take a long walk outside. Reflect on the week at the blessings, no matter how small. Breathe again. Fight the urge to work. Breathe again. Pick up a good book. Find joy in the world around you. Say no to email. Breath deeply again. Hold it. Breathe again. Consider your life and all that you’ve been through. You’re still here. Whew! Breathe again. Be thankful. Be restful. Be Free.
 
Pastor Jason

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