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The Lenten Journey 2015 – Renewal Opportunities to Strengthen Your Spirit and Soul on the Sabbath

CollinsThe Way of The C.R.O.S.S. – Creating Renewal Opportunities to Strengthen Your Spirit and Soul

Mark 2:23 – 3:6

This passage of scripture deals with Jesus exhibiting HIS power and compassion on the Sabbath Day in a manner that defies the laws of the Pharisees. During this era, the Pharisees (the group in charge) placed many restrictions/laws/burdens on people determining what things/actions were appropriate and inappropriate on GOD’s Day. In Mark Chapter 2, we find Jesus, his disciples, and the Pharisee Patrol. I use the term patrol because they were not with Jesus to learn from the master but they were following him in an effort to admonish him for any actions that fell outside of what they (the Pharisees) had legalized to be acceptable on the Sabbath.

In Mark 2:23 – 3:6, Jesus and his disciples are breaking all types of Sabbath Laws. As they walk through the field of grain, they are not counting steps to make sure that don’t go over the legal number of steps that could be taken on the Sabbath. The disciples are hungry and picking heads of grain in Mark 2:23. Harvesting is illegal on the Sabbath. Jesus healed a man of his infirmity in Mark 3:5. This was seen as work and work was illegal on the Sabbath. Jesus committed the ultimate sin, per the Pharisees, BLASPHEMY! (Mark 2:27 -28).

Jesus states, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is LORD even of the Sabbath.” At that very moment Jesus has challenged and dismantled the foundation of the Pharisees religious denomination and upbringing. HE has declared without apology that HE is more powerful than their man-made laws and rules.

In Mark 3:4 Jesus brings into focus what should be important on the Sabbath, “to do good… to save a life.” Our focus should be the same. To focus on healing our own and others’ physical, mental, and spiritual infirmities, thereby changing all of our lives for the better.

Our opportunity to “renew and strengthen our spirit and soul” this Lenten Season will not come only by sacrifices of food, entertainment, social media, or other more popular sacrifices. Our opportunity for renewal will come from demonstrations of joyful worship, unbiased love, quiet reflection and prayer, meaningful and compassionate interactions with others, and quality time with GOD.

During this time we must focus on honoring GOD with actions of mercy, compassion, and good works. These actions may include smiles, words of encouragement, assisting someone in need, volunteering, and taking care of our own physical/mental/spiritual health.

Have A Healthy Day!

Ouida Collins, MD MPH

Payne Chapel AME Church
Nashville, TN.

BELOVED,

Be encouraged in the word today and be encouraging to others today and on the sabbath. You can do it. God can help!! Encourage our guest bloggers in the comment section.

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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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  1. drt says:

    What a wonderful way to start the day and enter into preparation for Holy Communion, thank you for the blessing

  2. Beverly Washington says:

    Thank you, that was a good encouraging word! God bless you.

  3. Padtor Delphine L. Vasser says:

    Should a awesome word of encouragement, thank you for sharing!!

  4. Padtor Delphine L. Vasser says:

    Such an awesome word of encouragement, thank you for sharing!!

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