Lent Devotion Day 7

Source: International Christian Churches : "LENT: With ONE  Voice"

There was once a clothing advertiser who passed up the movie star, Angelina Jolie, because she was too famous – and for good reason – audiences are often attracted to the ‘wow’ more than the words. So it was with Jesus. Very early in his ministry, news of Jesus’ miracles went viral. People crowded around him, being attracted to the ‘wow’ of his miracles, but missed his message that the kingdom of God is near.

That is why in today’s Bible passage, after he so compassionately and powerfully healed the man with leprosy, he said, ‘See that you don’t tell this to anyone,’ so as to stop fueling the hype. The same happens today, when people come to Jesus for a new job or a big raise, but know little of the message of his glory, majesty, and kingdom authority.

Mark 1:40-45 The Message (MSG)
40 A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.”
41-45 Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy. Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: “Say nothing to anyone. Take the offering for cleansing that Moses prescribed and present yourself to the priest. This will validate your healing to the people.” But as soon as the man was out of earshot, he told everyone he met what had happened, spreading the news all over town. So Jesus kept to out-of-the-way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over.

• What attracts you to Jesus now?
• Why do you pray to Jesus? Is it for what he can do for you, or for who he is?

Lord Jesus, reveal yoursel more and more through your Word. I am attracted to your blessings and your promises. But now, reveal your glory and majesty so fully to me, that I would be attracted only to you.