MUSINGS – October 13, 2018
THE PRICE OF FAME
The apostles gathered around Jesus. They reported to him everything they had done and taught. So he said to them, “Let’s go to a place where we can be alone to rest for a while.” Many people were coming and going, and Jesus and the apostles didn’t even have a chance to eat. So they went away in a boat to a place where they could be alone. But many people saw them leave and recognized them. The people ran from all the cities and arrived ahead of them. When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd and felt sorry for them. They were like sheep without a shepherd. So he spent a lot of time teaching them.
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”* Jesus, the Servant King, has no time to rest, to eat, or be alone with the twelve students he is training. His fame is spreading and huge crowds are following him or running ahead to where they know he will be next.
In Mark’s narrative there were at least 5,000 people here. They were drawn to this man for many reasons including his healings and amazing explainations of the scriptures. Some came just so that they could say that had seen this famous person. Whatever their reason for being here, they all came needing something from him. And Jesus could not turn them away because these were the lost sheep he had come to rescue. The price here was paying for his fame is nothing compared to the price he has paid for his love of humanity. His love for me and for you.
God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.
*King Henry IV, Act III, Scene I,
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