Wednesday, February 3, 2016

brief and eternally relevant words

I have been reading in the Gospel of Mark recently.  I've been impressed how eternally relevant and fresh his Word is.  And in Mark, Jesus utters some very brief statements that bring amazing comfort, or questions that bring sharp conviction.  The Holy Spirit applies them as powerfully now as he did then.  I need to hear these brief -- but eternally relevant -- words often:

For comfort and courage: 

"Son, your sins are forgiven." (Mark 2:5 ESV)

"Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." (5:34)

"Do not fear, only believe." (5:36)

"Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid." (6:50)

“All things are possible for one who believes.” (9:23)

"Go your way; your faith has made you well." (10:52)

For conviction and searching the heart: 

"Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" (4:40)

"Why are you making a commotion and weeping?" ("The child is not dead but sleeping.")  (5:39)

"Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?" (8:17)

"But who do you say that I am?" (8:29)

"What do you want me to do for you?" (10:51)

"Are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?" (14:37)

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