At the very beginning of the story in Mark, Jesus was just a rabbi. The news of who he really was wasn’t out yet. In Mark, he began his formal ministry teaching in the synagogue, where he also cast an evil spirit out of a man. What stood out to the people was the authority by which Jesus taught.
That day Jesus also went to Simon’s house, one of the first disciples. There he healed Simon’s mother-in-law. News of the man Jesus began to spread because by night many people from the town were brought to Jesus for healing and others were brought so that he could cast out their demons. Someone more than a good teacher was present. But Jesus would not let the demons speak – they knew who He really was. As the day wore on, people must have been wondering just who or what this Jesus was.
For some today this is still Jesus – a nice person who had good teachings and maybe healed and did a few other amazing things. Some call them ‘miracles’ but… They like and respect him but do not commit to Him. They may even follow some of his teachings but are not all-in for Him. They are not quite willing to surrender their lives to this man Jesus.
Yet this step of knowing about Jesus is a first step. It is a beginning. It is the start of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives. It is the first evidence of seeds planted and starting to take root. As believers we must be sensitive to the curious and the seekers among us. We must share our stories and experiences, to help faith become more ‘real’ for them. We are just one small step along their journeys of faith. May we be a good step for all.
Scripture reference: Mark 1: 29-34