Maybe like the disciples you think Jesus is a wonderful teacher, a kind healer, someone really special. But this â€“ this is something else.
The gift of Godâ€™s own Son takes a lifetime to unwrap, but itâ€™s never too early to start.
Instead of repeating the Old Testamentâ€™s laws about tithing, Paul replaces the entire system with one word: generosity.
Christian giving is not about fundraising or buying Godâ€™s favour. It is a way of responding (in secret) to God’s generosity to us - storing up the true treasure of a generous and godly life.
It wasnâ€™t the act of going that demonstrated the Samaritan leperâ€™s faith, it was the act of coming back â€“ coming back to Jesus to say thank you.
Financial giving is not fundraising â€“ it is faithraising.Â It is a vital way of us both expressing our gratitude to God, and demonstrating our trust in him.
Jesus did not do away with the Fourth Commandment: instead he taught us that the Sabbath is a gift, not a burden.
Jesus touched him...Â Touched him!!Â I knew the guy was mad.Â You donâ€™t touch someone with leprosy!Â Jesus touched him â€“ and he was cured â€“ immediately.
Who is Jesus?Â Over the next weeks we will see how Mark answers that question.Â We will see that Mark believes Jesus to be Godâ€™s own Son, the Messiah, Godâ€™s chosen and anointed one. We will see: Jesus.
We need to love ourselves in the right way.Â We need Goldilocks love â€“ not too much love, not too little love, but just the right amount of love.