Gospel of Mark | Fear | Mark 11.18-19 | movementministriesblog.com

by | May 1, 2024

“The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. 19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples[e] went out of the city.” Mark 11.18-19

“Those who are feared are persecuted. Not to be political, but look at Trump. Has any other president been attacked so much in his life? Love him or hate him, the attacks have been relentless. And it’s either because he’s crooked or because he’s feared by his opponents. This happened to Martin Luther King Jr as well.

Jesus was no exception. He was loved by many and hated by many. The miraculous works he did caused the whole nation to be in an uproar. He healed the sick, multiplied loaves and fishes, and called out the religious leaders. It was really this last item that caused the chief priests and teachers of the law to look for ways to kill him. Why? The text tells us — because they feared him AND “the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.” (i.e. envy!)

Fear and envy are a tough combination. It brings out the worst in people, and they do all kinds of crazy things! Look at the anti-Israel riots happening today on college campuses. I believe it is fear-related (and just pure evil!). But fear motivates people to do things they might not ordinarily do. This was the case with Jesus because as he was about his ministry, those who were supposed to be the most supportive were “looking for a way to kill him.”

What are we afraid of? Does fear motivate us to sin? How can we combat fear with faith? How can we turn around that which brings us anxiety to bring us life? Where are we lacking faith and trust in God to take care of all our needs? Life is not easy — but with God, all things are possible.

Turn to the Lord this day. Right now. Pray for strength, patience, faith, and to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Life is too difficult not to do it with Jesus by our side.

“O Lord God, you are good. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for your patience as we learn to walk in step with you. This life is a never-ending process of turning from fear to faith. I love you Lord and praise your name. Fill us Holy Spirit by your grace. For you are good and your love endures forever.” Amen”