Make Ready, O Manger: Focus on the Word

Today “the Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test Him they asked Him for a sign from heaven” (Mark 8:11). God in the flesh was standing right in front of them, but they didn’t want Jesus. They wanted something inconsequential, a sign (like a circus trick, some type of performance). They wanted something less than God Himself.

He said He would not give them a sign. “And He left them, and getting into the boat again, departed to the other side. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. Then He charged them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have no bread.”

Here, too, we see the disciples focus on inconsequential things. Their focus was on the missing bread (as if that could possibly matter). It’s almost humorous. “Aware of their discussion” and our need for help, “Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” (Mark 8:14-18)

Like the disciples, we could be asked the same questions. How do we: stop focusing on unimportant things; gain understanding and a soft heart; have enlightened eyes to see and ears that hear; remember the works of God?

It’s in a very soft and gentle way that is so obvious, it’s deemed inconsequential (like a child born in a manger).

The Word of God, right in front of you. Read the Bible daily as often as you can, as much as you can. Focus on the Word Who was born for the world to see.

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