Upside Down

Scott Hoezee

Read: Mark 3:20-22

And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” (v. 21)

Mark 3 is disturbing. How hurtful it must have been for Jesus. Sometimes we forget that Jesus’ feelings could be hurt same as anyone else, and if so, then having his own family call him crazy had to sting. To add insult to injury, the religious leaders then turn around and accuse Jesus of being Satan’s little helper. Most of us probably have never had the experience of being called insane by our family and then being labeled evil by others all in one day. But if it ever did happen, it would count as one of our worst days ever.

What brought about these accusations? Well, Jesus was talking about the kingdom of God, about how living for God would look upside-down in a world that was itself already turned upside-down by sin. When all around you are crooked, it is the person who stands up straight who seems to be the odd one out. Here, then, is yet another reminder of how the world resists God’s message.

But thanks be to God, none of this stopped Jesus. He would keep talking and living in ways that seemed backwards right up until that moment when he turned a bloody cross into the gateway to new life. The gospel will always look funny to people. But believers know it is the path to life abundant!

—Scott Hoezee

May we not try to make the gospel fit our world, O God, but bring the world into the gospel.